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Galactgogue effects on Musa x paradisiaca flower extract on the lactating rats

Mahmood, Azizah and Omar, Muhammad Nor and Ngah, Nurziana (2012) Galactgogue effects on Musa x paradisiaca flower extract on the lactating rats. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine, 5 (11). pp. 882-886. ISSN 1995-7645

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Objective To investigate the potential of Musaxparadisiaca (M. xparadisiaca) flower extracts in promoting milk production of lactating rats and its effects on growth of the suckling pups. Methods Galactagogue activity was evaluated in terms of quantity of milk produced from the rats treated with petroleum ether, ethanol or water extracts of the flower. Lactating rats (n = 5) of Spraque Dawley with six pups each were administered with the extracts in the amount of 500 mg/kg body weight, while the control rats were given an equivalent amount of distilled water. The rats were daily administered via oral feeding starting from Day 5 until Day 14 and the performance of milk production was measured along the experimental period by weight-suckle-weight method. Results were statistically analyzed using SPSS by means of ANOVA at 0.05 and was expressed as their mean?standard deviation. The rates of pups' growth were measured as the weight gain along the experimental period. Results The rats treated with aqueous extract produced higher milk than control and ethanol groups. Aqueous extract was identified to increase milk production by 25%, while petroleum ether extract by 18%. The mean of yields produced by the rats during suckling period for aqueous, petroleum ether, ethanol and control were 4.62±2.45, 4.37±1.93, 3.65±1.89 and 3.69±1.79, respectively. Growth rates of pups for the rats treated with control, aqueous, ethanol extract and petroleum ether were (1.85±0.49), (1.78±0.56), (1.65±0.46) and (1.56±0.42) g/pup, respectively. Conclusions The present study reveals the potential of M. xparadisiacaflower to enhance milk production of nursing mothers which could be exploited for commercialization of the isolated extract.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 5626/26973
Uncontrolled Keywords: Banana flower; Musax paradisiacal; Galactagogue; Lactating rats; phytochemicals
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Science
Depositing User: Dr Nurziana Ngah
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2012 12:54
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2014 12:49
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/26973

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