Effect of Oolong Tea Extracts on Plasma Glucose Level and Antioxidant System in Diabetic Rats

  • Quan, Zhe-Jiu (Department of Food and Nutrition, Yeungnam University) ;
  • Seo, Jung-Sook (Department of Food and Nutrition, Yeungnam University)
  • Published : 2006.12.31


The present study was conducted to investigate the effect of oolong tea extract on blood glucose level and antioxidant system in diabetic rats. The Sprague-Dawley rats were fed on AIN-76 based experimental diets containing 1 % oolong tea extract for 6 weeks. They were induced to be diabetic by receiving streptozotocin (45mg/kg BW) intramuscularly. Blood glucose, blood and hepatic concentration of vitamins A and E, and antioxidant enzyme activities were measured. Oolong tea extract feeding decreased the plasma glucose in diabetic rats. Dietary supplementation of oolong tea extract did not affect antioxidative enzyme activities such as superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase and catalase in diabetic rats. The plasma level of retinol was increased in diabetic rats by feeding oolong tea extract. Plasma and hepatic levels of ${\alpha}$-tocopherol were higher in diabetic rats fed oolong tea extract. In conclusion, these results suggest that oolong tea extract consumption might reduce the plasma glucose in diabetic rats and protect the oxidative damage from diabetic stress to some extent.


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