International Journal of
Nutrition and Metabolism

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Nutr. Metab.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2332
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJNAM
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 119

Full Length Research Paper

Effect of cinnamon and garlic on hyperlipidemics

Balasasirekha, R.
  • Balasasirekha, R.
  • Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Avinashilingam Deemed University for Women Coimbatore – 641 043, Tamil Nadu, India.
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Lakshmi, U. K.
  • Lakshmi, U. K.
  • Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Avinashilingam Deemed University for Women Coimbatore – 641 043, Tamil Nadu, India.
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  • Article Number - F30A6A55860
  • Vol.3(7), pp. 77-89, August 2011
  •  Accepted: 01 July 2011
  •  Published: 31 August 2011

Abstract

Spices have been used to preserve food, enhance their flavour and as remedies for a long list of ailments and are effective in controlling serum lipids. The objectives were to analyze the nutritive value and active principles of cinnamon and garlic, prepare the respective spice capsules and to supplement the diets of hyperlipidemics with the spice capsules for a period of three months. A group of 45 mild to moderate hyperlipidemics were selected for the supplementation study was divided into three groups (15 each), two supplementation and one control group. To one group, cinnamon in the form of capsules and to the other garlic capsules was supplemented. Cinnamon and garlic after a series of processing steps were made to capsules of 500 mg each. Clinical examination and biochemical parameters were analysed before and after supplementation. The results revealed that the clinical symptoms experienced by the cinnamon supplemented group disappeared whereas only few symptoms disappeared in garlic supplemented groups. Cinnamon supplemented group of hyperlipidemics showed a maximum decrease in total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL and VLDL cholesterol and an increase in the HDL cholesterol which were significant at 1% level. No change was observed in the control group.

 

Key words: Spices, cinnamon, garlic, hyperlipidemics.