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Bitter melon (Momordica charantia) or bittergourd commonly known as karella, (family: Cucurbitaceae), has been proved for hypoglycaemic effects. The objective of the present study was to evaluate effects of bittergourd (momordica charantia) fruit juice on glucose tolerance and lipid profile in streptozotocininduced type-II diabetic rat. Two days old neonatal pups (7–10 g) were used & they were made diabetic by intraperitoneally (i.p.) injection of 90 mg/kg STZ in citrate buffer solution. Different groups of animals were treated by 25% and 50% bitter gourd fruit juice (BFJ) for 8 weeks. After 8 weeks treatment biochemical parameters from blood serum were analyzed. The significant differences of glucose, cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglyceride, in 50%BFJ treated group compare to diabetic group were found. So, from present study it is concluded that Bitter gourd fruit juice has beneficial effects on glucose tolerance and lipid profile in streptozotocin-induced type-II diabetic rat.
Diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular complications, bitter gourd fruit juice (BFJ), glucose, cholesterol, lactate dehydrogenase, left ventricular collagen content, blood pressure