Gongronema latifolium is widely used in West Africa for medicinal and nutritional purposes. An infusion of the aerial parts is taken to treat cough, intestinal. Gongronema latifolium Benth. [family ]. Herbarium. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ( K). Collection. Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa. Resource Type. Reference. This study was carried out to investigate and understand the biology, utilization and phytochemical composition of Gongronema latifolium which is a spice plant.

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Nigerian Journal of Health and Biomedical Sciences 5 2: Smelly feet Dissolve half teaspoon of powdered alum in mls of warm water and use in rinsing the feet to help reduce sweating and to deodorise the feet. Select your language of interest to view the total content in your interested language.

Colour was developed using Vanillin hydrochloric acid reagent and the concentration was quantitatively measured using a latifoliuk at nm. The fatty acid profile of G.

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The molecular events in cell growth cause or influence changes in total body weight and growth rate gonronema bring about latiifolium and involve an increasing array of molecules and intracellular pathways. In some cases, the dried or fresh leaves are prepared as tincture i.

The most active of these bioactive compounds phytochemicals of plants are alkaloids, flavonoids, tannins and phenolic compounds [ 4 ]. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution Licensewhich permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Hb concentration was reported to be moderately increased in haemolytic anaemia and in any other clinical condition associated with rapid lxtifolium haemolysis and haemoglobinuria Bolarin, Alloxan diabetogenesis may cause perturbation on growth or differentiation inducers involved in erythropoiesis. Flora of tropical Africa. Properties Experience has shown that the whole plant exhibits the following herbal actions- analgesic, antitumor, broad spectrum antimicrobial antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic and antiviralantipyretic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiulcer, anti-sickling, anti-asthmatic, mild expectorant, hypoglycemic, hypolipidemic, hepatoprotective, digestive tonic and laxative latifollium.

Anthers are erect with membranous apical appendages.

The Effect of Gongronema latifolium Leaf Extract on Blood Biochemical Assay in Diabetic Rats

It is also taken for controlling weight gain in lactating women and overall health management. Saunders Company, Pennsylvania, pp: Flowers bisexual, small, 5-merous, regular, yellow-green, gongronma pedicel 2—4 mm long; calyx lobes elliptical to rounded, c.

The crude LOX obtained was partially purified using a modification of the method of Malekian et al. For mental and physical fatigue Eating plenty of whole pineapple at any time of the day will restore the needed strength.

The tropical rainforest is the most biologically diverse ecosystem on the earth and it is the predominant natural forest in Nigeria. As time goes by, our typical diets seem to increasingly contain more fatty processed foods and less natural plant based foods.

Health Benefits Of Gongronema latifolium (Utazi)

Please review our privacy policy. Platelets play a key role in blood clotting and the insignificant increase in platelet counts in this study strongly indicates that the active principles present in the leaf extract may not have been potent enough to stimulate platelet synthesis.


The effect of Gongronema latifolium leaf extract on serum lipid profile and oxidative stress of hepatocytes of diabetic rats. Subscribe to Table of Contents Alerts. LOX activity was assayed according to the methods of Aurand et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Gongronema comprises about 16 species in Africa, tropical and subtropical Asia and Oceania; 5 species, formerly described in Marsdeniaoccur in tropical Africa.

The highest activity observed was against S. African Journal of Biotechnology.

To receive news and publication updates for Journal of Chemistry, enter your email address in the box below. Using standard methods described by Sofowora [ 10 ], Edeoga et al.

Chemical composition and antibacterial activity of Gongronema latifolium

In a small clinical trial, the blood glucose concentration of healthy humans was determined after consumption of the leaves, and showed a significant reduction in blood glucose level. Administration of Gongronema latifolium to animals is reported to reduce reaction oxygen species concentration, modify liver and renal oxidative stressas well as cause antihyperglycaemic effects Ugochukwu and Cobourne, ; Ugochukwu and Babady, ; Ugochukwu et al.

However phenytoin in plasma inhibits saturation kinetics.

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