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Year : 1991  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 132-5  

Beneficial effects of Allium sativum, Allium cepa and Commiphora mukul on experimental hyperlipidemia and atherosclerosis--a comparative evaluation.

S Lata, KK Saxena, V Bhasin, RS Saxena, A Kumar, VK Srivastava 
 Department of Pharmacology, L. L. R. M. Medical College, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.

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Oral administration of petroleum ether extract of Allium sativum, Allium cepa and ethylacetate extract of Commiphora mukul in albino rats significantly prevented rise in serum cholesterol and serum triglyceride level, caused by atherogenic diet. All the three agents were also found to confer significant protection against atherogenic diet induced atherosclerosis.

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Lata S, Saxena K K, Bhasin V, Saxena R S, Kumar A, Srivastava V K. Beneficial effects of Allium sativum, Allium cepa and Commiphora mukul on experimental hyperlipidemia and atherosclerosis--a comparative evaluation. J Postgrad Med 1991;37:132-5

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  ::   IntroductionTop

Allium sativitni (garlic), Allium cepa (onion) and Conintiphora mukul (guggulu) have been suggested to possess hypocholesterolemic property in clinical[3],[9],[10], as well as experimental[5],[12] studies. A sativum has been reported to exhibit beneficial effect in atherosclerosis and ischemic heart disease in experimental animals and human beings. [2],[7] Since most of these plants form the constituent of customary diet in Indian food, their chronic ingestion is safe and is expected to be devoid of any major toxic effect. These plants therefore, may be expected to be of benefit largely in persons prone to hyperlipidemia and atherosclerosis.

Till now no study has been carried out to compare the beneficial effects of these three agents against hyperlipidemia. Hence, the present study was undertaken to discover the relative potency of these agents with respect to their antihyperlipidemic effect and prophylactic potential against atherosclerosis.

  ::   Material and methodTop

The study was conducted in albino rats of porter strain and either sex weighing 300 + 15 gm. These were randomly divided into five groups of 10 animals each. Animals of Group. I to IV was fed with atherogenic diet for five consecutive days, which contained (Kg-1, day-1) 1.5 ml of an olive oil solution, containing per nil Vit. D3 3,20000 1. U. and cholesterol 40 mg1. While Group I received only atherogenic diet, Group II, III and IV received in addition petroleum ether extract of A. Sativum equivalent to 1 g/kg of dry garlic, A. cepa equivalent to 2 g/kg of dry onion and ethylacetate extract of C. mukul 200 mg/kg respectively. Each animal of Group V was administered orally equivalent volume of normal saline in place of atherogenic diet. All the animals received commercial pellet diet and water ad lib for the period of study.

On the sixth day the animals were anaesthetised with pentobarbitone (35 mg/kg. i.p.) and blood samples were collected from abdominal aorta for the estimation of serum cholesterol[14] and triglyceride[8]. Aortae were then excised and studied for atherosclerotic lesions, which were graded as per the method described by Duff and McMillan[6]. The method for grading was open. The results were analysed by Student's 't' and Fisher's exact probability tests.

  ::   ResultsTop

Effect on serum cholesterol and triglycerides:

[Table:1] illustrates the effect of atherogenic diet and treatment with either of the agents on serum cholesterol and triglycerides.

Serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels were significantly increased by atherogenic diet as compared to normal values. All the 3 agents prevented this rise when administered concomitantly with diet.

Effect on Atherosclerotic Lesions:

The distribution of grades of atherosclerotic lesions following atherogenic diet in saline and drug treated animals is shown in [Table:2]. Since these grades do not conform to a normal distribution curve, a non-parametric test (Fisher's exact probability test) was applied to analyse the results. [13] For this, each set of results was arbitrarily arranged into two groups, group A containing 0 to II grades and group B containing III and IV grades. The results of both the groups were compared and the probability of difference was calculated. A. sativum was found to prevent the development of atherosclerotic lesions induced by atherogenic diet (p < 0.005). A. cepa and C mukul too, exhibited significant protective effect (p < 0.05).

  ::   DiscussionTop

Atherogenicity with subsequent cardiovascular manifestations is one of the important causes of high mortality and morbidity. Various agents which affect hyperlipidemia are still not used for prevention of atherosclerosis because of their potential toxicity and intolerance. A. sativum, A. cepa are known to lower the serum lipid levels[4] and are well tolerated as they form the constituents of customary Indian diet. C. mukul has been widely used in Aurvedic system of medicine for the treatment of obesity.[11] In the present study too, these three agents were found to prevent significantly the rise in serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels induced by atherogenic diet [Table:1]. The most potent amongst these was found to be A. sativian while C. mukul exhibited least effect. A. cepa exhibited moderate activity [Table:1]. However, prevention of rise in scrum cholesterol level by A. cepa and C mukul was not statistically significant when compared with each other. All these agents were also found to confer protection against atherogenic diet induced atherosclerosis. The order of potency again was A. sativum > A. cepa > C. mukul, as is reflected by the level of significance [Table:2]. Bordia and Bansal[4] have compared A. sativum and A. cepa in experimental atherosclerosis. We too have found similar results. A. sativum is the most potent amongst the three agents in the doses employed, for prophylaxis of hyperlipidemia and atheroselerosis.


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