Effect of amla fruit (Emblica officinalis Gaertn.) on blood glucose and lipid profile of normal subjects and type 2 diabetic patients

Muhammad Shoaib Akhtar, Ayesha Ramzan, Amanat Ali, Maqsood Ahmad

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The present study evaluated the anti-hyperglycemic and lipid-lowering properties of Emblica officinalis Gaertn. fruit in normal and diabetic human volunteers. The results indicated a significant decrease (P <0.05) in fasting and 2-h post-prandial blood glucose levels on the 21st day in both normal and diabetic subjects receiving 1, 2 or 3 g E. officinalis powder per day as compared with their baseline values. Significant (P <0.05) decreases were also observed in total cholesterol and triglycerides in both normal and diabetic volunteers on day 21 that were given either 2 or 3 g E. officinalis powder per day. However, diabetic volunteers receiving only 3 g E. officinalis powder exhibited a significant (P <0.05) decrease in total lipids on day 21. Both normal and diabetic volunteers receiving 2 or 3 g E. officinalis powder significantly (P <0.05) improved high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol and lowered low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol levels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-616
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011



  • Amla fruit
  • blood glucose
  • Emblica officinalis Gaertn.
  • lipid profile
  • normal and diabetic human volunteers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science

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