Beneficial Effect of Anti-obese Herbal Medicine Mixture with Chitosan in High Fat Diet-induced Obese Rats

  • Beik, Kyung-Yeun (Department of Food Science & Technololgy, Faculty of Food Industrialogy Technology, Catholic University of Daegu) ;
  • Lee, Sang-Il (Department of Food Nutrition & Cookery, Keimyung College) ;
  • Kim, Soon-Dong (Department of Food Science & Technololgy, Faculty of Food Industrialogy Technology, Catholic University of Daegu)
  • Published : 2009.12.31


This study was carried out to investigate the dietary effects of chitosan mixture (CM), an herbal medicine mixture with Sukjihwang (HS), and CM containing HS (CHS) on obesity in an induced obese model of rats fed high-fat only (HF), in which supplemented diets of 5% CM (HCM), 5% HS (HHS), or 2.5% CM-2.5% HS (HCH) was tested for 6 weeks. Body weight gains, obesity indexes, and body fat contents in the experimental groups (HCM, HHS, HCH) were decreased compared with HF group. The levels of serum triglyceride, total lipid, total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol in the experimental groups were markedly decreased, however HDL-cholesterol levels in the experimental groups were slightly increased compared with HF group. In addition, although serum ALT and AST activity, and relative organ weights were lower than those of HF group, serum albumin contents were not significantly different in all experimental groups including the normal control group (NC). In conclusion, there are improved effects on obesity in the obese model of animals with all experimental diets supplementations, and the improvement degrees on obesity depend on the content and compositions of the herbal medicine mixture. Further study is needed on the anti-obesity mechanism of these diets.


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