EVALUATION OF EFFECT OF TIME OF COLLECTION ON HYPOGLYCEMIC POTENTIAL OF MISTLETOES (VISCUM ALBUM) GROWN ON COCOA TREE
Akinlami Omokehinde Oseni*
This study was carried out to evaluate the effect of time of collection on hypoglycemic potential of mistletoes (viscum album) grown on cocoa tree. Aqueous leaves extracts of different time of collection of Viscum album were prepared and oral glucose tolerance test method was used to determine quantitatively the hypoglycemic potential of plant extracts in hyperglycemic rats. In the experiments, after 150 min of after post glucose challenge, the Sunrise aqueous extract of V album produced a maximum fall of 36.96%, Noon extract was 34.65%, also Sunset extract was 45.58% while maximum fall of 45.60% and 28.90% were recorded for Standard group and Control group respectively. The hypoglycemic values were significant (P =0.05) when compared different time of plants collection. The results showed that the hypoglycemic potentials depend on the time of collection which was maximum when the leaves were obtained at sunset. It is therefore advisable that the use of this extract in herbal medicine should be encouraged and the plant should be plucked at sunset to maximize the hypoglycemic potential of the mistletoes.
Keywords: Viscum album, Oral glucose tolerance test, hypoglycemic, collection.
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