Determining the Effect of Curry Leaves and Cucumber Fruit on Lipid Profile in Menopausal Women with Hyperlipidaemia
Hyperlipidemia increases the chances of acquiring cardiovascular disease (CVD). Total cholesterol (TC) and triacyl glycerol (TAG) levels in the blood are elevated in hyperlipidaemia. The purpose of this study was to see how curry leaves powder and slicing cucumber fruit affected hyperlipidemia in menopausal women living in rural areas.
Methods: Thirty menopausal healthy women from rural communities (45–65 years old) with mild hyperlipidemia were randomly assigned to one of two groups: control or experimental. The control group received no treatment while the experimental group received cucumber (100-125 g) and curry leaves powder (5 g) once daily for 45 days. A questionnaire was used to collect the demographic information. Fasting blood samples were taken before and after the intervention to assess total cholesterol (TC), low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), and triacyl glycerol levels (TAG).
TC, LDL-C, and TAG were significantly (p0.05) reduced in the curry leaves powder and cucumber treatment groups. Only the curry leaves powder treatment group had a significantly (p0.05) higher HDL-C level (46.19.2 mg/dl) (average 12 percent). Although the control group’s TC, LDL-C, and TAG mean levels were higher, the difference was not statistically significant. When the efficacy of the test chemicals at the tested doses was compared, the HDL-C level in the curry leaves treated group was statistically higher (p =0.09).
Conclusions: In menopausal women with hyperlipidemia, curry leaves and cucumber were successful in boosting HDL-C and decreasing LDL-C and TAG levels, indicating a possible neutraceutical role in CVD treatment.
Department of Research, Saveetha University, Chennai-603 105, Tamil Nadu, India and Department of Community Health, Amala College of Nursing, Amala Nagar, Thrissur- 680 555, Kerala, India.
Department of Medical and Surgical Nursing, Al Shifa College of Nursing, Angadippuram, Malappuram- 679 321, Kerala, India.
Department of Research, Saveetha University, Chennai-603 105, Tamil Nadu, India.
Thekuttuparambil Ananthanarayanan Ajith
Department of Biochemistry, Amala College of Nursing, Amala Nagar, Thrissur- 680 555, Kerala, India.