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Title: Role of Papaya (Carica papaya) in protection from Arterial Diseases of Heart
Authors: Aggarwal, J L
Sexana, Monika
Kumar, Ajay
Issue Date: Dec-2004
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: An experiment was conducted on 24 white male healthy rabbits. These rabbits were divided in 4 groups of six each. Standard food material was given to first group. 120 g mature papaya was given to second group along with standard food material. Third group was red with fatty oils and cholesterol along with standard food material to increase blood fat and cholesterol levels. And fourth group was also fed papaya along with food materials provided to the third group. All the groups were kept under observation in the laboratory and after six weeks blood samples were collected from their cars. Blood fat Contents, cholesterol and parameters of arterial diseases of heart i.e. SGPT (AST) and CKMB enzyme were measured and their ECG was recorded. Later on iso-protenol hydrochloride (IPT, 5 mg/kg) injection was given under the skin of these rabbits to develop the condition arterial diseases of heart. After 6 and 24 hours enzyme level and ECG testing was repeated in all the rabbits. Results revealed that blood fat and cholesterol level of the rabbits who ate papaya was comparatively less in quantity. Rabbits of both the groups, i.e. normal and high fat level remain protected from IPT oriented enzymes or heart attack since the enzyme in papaya fed group of rabbits remains low. ECG also revealed that the heart muscles are poorly damaged in the papaya red group of rabbits. It can therefore be assumed that regular consumption of papaya can play a vital role in protecting from arterial diseases of heart.
Page(s): 298-301
ISSN: 0975-2412 (Online); 0771-7706 (Print)
Appears in Collections:BVAAP Vol.12(2) [December 2004]

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