DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2319-2003.ijbcp20161577

A study on the effect of habitual consumption of Madhuca longifolia drinks on the prevalence of diabetes and dyslipidemia among santhal tribals

Arunima Datta, Ayan Pal, Arup Bandyopadhyay

Abstract


Background: Madhuca longifolia (mahua) is a tropically growing tree found in various parts of India mostly on plain lands. The tree is considered a boon by the tribals who are forest dwellers because of its manifold medicinal properties. Studies show that in animals, alcoholic extracts of this tree produce beneficial effects on diabetic and lipid profile. It is the purpose of this study to know whether these beneficial effects are observed in Santhals many of whom are regular consumers of Madhuca longifolia drinks.

Methods: Diabetic and lipid profile of blood along with standard anthropometric parameters were measured in a population of Santhal tribe (only males were chosen) many of whom, but not all, are regular consumers of mahua drinks. These findings were statistically analysed and compared using student’s t-test and inference drawn.

Results: Results show that anthropometric parameters do not differ much, but FBS. HbA1c, cholesterol and LDL these parameters are lower in mahua consumers compared to those in non-consumers. HDL is raised in mahua consumers compared to the other group. No significant effect was observed in case of VLDL and triglycerides.

Conclusions: Study shows that regular mahua drinks among Santhal tribe do improve diabetic and lipid profile, except triglycerides and VLDL. Further and more elaborate studies are needed to have proper insight and practical gains in this regard.


Keywords


Madhuca longifolia, Mahua, Diabetes mellitus, Lipid profile, Santhal tribe

Full Text:

PDF

References


Akshatha KN, Mahadeva MS, Lakshmidevi N. Ethnomedical uses of Madhuca Longifolia-a review. Int J Life Sc Pharma Res. 2013;3(1):44-53.

Dahake AP, Chakma CS, Chakma RC, Bagherwal P. Antihyperglycemic activity of methanolic extract of Madhuca Longifolia Bark. 2010;39(1):3-8.

Samaresh PR, Shirode D, Tushar P, Shastry CS, Gheewala N, Goutam S, et al. Antioxidant and hepatoprotective activity of Madhuca Longifolia (Koenig) Bark against CCL4 - induced hepatic injury in rats: in-vitro and in-vivo studies. Res J Pharmaceut Biol Chem Sci. 2010;1:1-10.

Kumar PK, Vidyasagar G, Ramakrishna D, Reddy MI, Atyam VSSSG and Raidu SCH. Screening of Madhuca Indica for antidiabetic activity in streptozotocin and streptozotocin - nicotinamide induced diabetic rats. Int J Pharm Tech Res. 2011;3:1073-7.

Prashanth S, Kumar AA, Madhu B and Yennamaneni PK. Antihyperglycemic and antioxidant activity of ethanolic extract of madhuca longifolia bark. Int J Pharma Sci Rev Res. 2010;5:89-94.

Ghosh R, Dhande I, Kakade VM, Vohra RR, Mehra KV. Antihyperglycemic activity of Madhuca Longifolia in alloxan-induced diabetic rats. Internet J Pharmacol. 2008;6(2):1-12.

Sikarwar RLS. Mahua (Madhuca Longifolia (Koen.) macbride)-a paradise tree for the tribals of Madhya Pradesh. 2002;1(1):87-92.