Health Benefits of Traditional Corn, Beans, and Pumpkin: In Vitro Studies for Hyperglycemia and Hypertension Management

ArticleinJournal of Medicinal Food 10(2):266-75 · July 2007with163 Reads
DOI: 10.1089/jmf.2006.234 · Source: PubMed
Levels of obesity-linked non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) and hypertension are highest among indigenous communities in North America. This is linked to changes in dietary pattern towards high calorie foods such as sugar, refined grain flour, and sweetened beverages. Therefore, a return to traditional dietary patterns may help to reduce these disease problems because of better balance of calories and beneficial nutrients. Further protective non-nutrient phenolic phytochemicals against NIDDM and hypertension are potentially high in these foods but less understood. In this study antidiabetic- and antihypertension-relevant potentials of phenolic phytochemicals were confirmed in select important traditional plant foods of indigenous communities such as pumpkin, beans, and maize using in vitro enzyme assays for -glucosidase, alpha-amylase, and angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitory activities. In vitro inhibitory activities of these enzymes provide a strong biochemical rationale for further in vivo studies and dietary management strategy for NIDDM through the control of glucose absorption and reduction of associated hypertension. These enzyme inhibitory activities were further compared to total soluble phenolic content and antioxidant activity of the above-targeted plant foods. Pumpkin showed the best overall potential. Among the varieties of pumpkin extracts P5 (round orange) and P6 (spotted orange green) had high content of total phenolics and moderate antioxidant activity coupled to moderate to high alpha-glucosidase and ACE inhibitory activities. Therefore this phenolic antioxidant-enriched dietary strategy using specific traditional plant food combinations can generate a whole food profile that has the potential to reduce hyperglycemia-induced pathogenesis and also associated complications linked to cellular oxidation stress and hypertension.
    • "Moreover, a balance on the extent of inhibition of α-amylase and αglucosidase has to be achieved to reduce diarrhea and flatulence linked to undigested starch in the intestines. It also serves as an effective medium for bacterial fermentation processes leading to an increase in production of gases and butyrate (Kwon et al., 2007). Based on these reports and our previous experience of anti-oxidant scavenging studies on digested microalgal pigments, we investigated their ability to inhibit these two enzymes in vitro. "
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    • "Our results demonstrate that the extracts of the pasta were good inhibitors of alfa-glucosidase, but weaker inhibitors of alfa-amylase. These results are in agreement with earlier reports which revealed that plant phytochemicals are mild inhibitors of alfa-amylase and strong inhibitors of alfa-glucosidase activity [51,52]. These properties could confer advantage over synthetic drugs such as Acarbose used by diabetics in the management of post-prandial blood glucose. "
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    • "This is because any drug which a strong inhibitor of α-glucosidase could serve as effective therapy for postprandial hyperglycemia. Thus, the strong inhibition of α-glucosidase by the ethyl acetate fraction would slow down the breakdown of disaccharides to liberate glucose, thereby reducing glucose absorption from the small intestine [24]. This observation might be connected to the high phenolic content recorded in the fraction, because polyphenolic fractions from plants have been shown to inhibit α-glucosidase activity, allowing for tighter control of blood glucose [25]. "
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