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Nutrient mixture from germinated legumes: Enhanced medicinal value with herbs-attenuated liver cirrhosis.

J Food Biochem 2020 01 23;44(1):e13085. Epub 2019 Oct 23.

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pondicherry University, Puducherry, India.

Among various food processing strategies, germination and dehulling enhance the nutritional content of the food, and the addition of herbs to this could improve the medicinal value. The milled powders of germinated Macrotyloma uniflorum (horse gram) and Vigna radiata (green gram) were used to make the nutrient mixture. Further, Curcuma longa (turmeric) and Trigonella foenum graecum (fenugreek) were used to improve its medicinal value. The prepared nutrient mixture has high nutritional value, antioxidant potential, and reduced antinutrient factors. Supplementation of nutrient mixture reduced oxidative stress-mediated hepatocyte injury on the CCl -induced liver cirrhosis model. Further, histological examination (H&E and Sirius red), matrix metalloproteinase gelatin zymography, and Western blot revealed the management of hepatic stellate cells in an inactive stage thereby reduced cirrhosis. These findings conclude that the supplementation of nutrient mixture formulation protected and effectively prevented liver cirrhosis. PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS: This study has a good impact on nutritional therapy for liver diseases. Many of the chronic liver diseases are associated with severe malnutrition and hypoalbuminemia, which further worsens the condition. This study would emphasize the nutritional therapy to treat such imbalance and enriching the medicinal value of nutrition mixture with herbs could target different pathophysiological changes and provide better defense in liver disease patients. Since this nutrient mixture is from common edible natural resources, it could reach the pharmaceutical industry's attention to the highest production and marketing.
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