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Submitted: 26 May 2016 Modified: 26 May 2016
HERDIN Record #: R02-CSU-16052614303778

The effect of Saluyot (Corchorus olitorius Linn.) aqueous extract on the serum iron Levels of albino rats (Rattus norvegicus).

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Iron deficiency is the leading cause of anemia which affects millions of people. Women and children are especially vulnerable due to their high iron needs. Iron supplements are available commercially but impoverished households opt not to avail of them in lieu of basic living needs. The study aimed to investigate the utility of Corchorus olitorius as an alternative to iron supplements in increasing serum iron levels. Rats were treated with different concentrations of C. olitorius decoctions and commercial ferrous sulfate over a period of 30 days. The serum iron levels were measured on the 15th and the 30th day of treatment. Serum iron tests show that rats treated with C. olitorius decoctions and ferrous sulfate showed increased serum iron levels. Rats treated with C. olitorius showed comparable serum iron levels with those treated with commercial ferrous sulfate. The 10% C. olitorius solution showed the highest increase in serum iron levels. Results suggest that C. olitorius can serve as an alternative to commercially available iron supplements. 

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Journal Article, Original
CAHS Research Journal
Publication Date
June 2013-April 2014
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