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Supplementation of stingless bee honey from Heterotrigona itama improves antiobesity parameters in high-fat diet induced obese rat model


Mohd Rafie, Ahmad Zulkifli and Syahir, Amir and Wan Ahmad, Wan Amir Nizam and Mustafa, Mohd Zulkifli and Abdul Razak, Mariatulqabtiah (2018) Supplementation of stingless bee honey from Heterotrigona itama improves antiobesity parameters in high-fat diet induced obese rat model. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2018. art. no. 6371582. pp. 1-10. ISSN 1741-427X; ESSN: 1741-4288


Heterotrigona itama is a common stingless bee species found in Southeast Asia. Studies on the health benefts of its honey are limited in comparison with other stingless bee species. Tis study examines the antiobesity benefts found in stingless bee honey (SBH) from H. itama. Te parameters used to measure the benefts were weight change, morphological structures, and biochemical characteristics. Te research was conducted by using rats that were given a high-fat diet (HFD). In total 48 male Sprague Dawley (SD) rats were given a formulated HFD to increase the levels of obesity, the HFD was administered with a value of 0.68 g/cm2. The duration of the treatment was six weeks, and the results show that the induction obesity using the HFD was successful. Following this, the rats were then treated with SBH (at dosages of 1000 mg/kg, 750 mg/kg or 500 mg/kg), with orlistat or with a placebo. Compared with typical obesity treatment methods, the one that used the three dosages of SBH showed a higher reduction in body mass index (BMI), percentage of body weight gain, adiposity index, and relative organ weight (ROW). Te levels of liver enzymes (ALT, AST, and ALP) were also signifcantly lower in SBH-treated groups. Te levels of triglycerides and LDL-cholesterol were signifcantly lower, while the level of HDL-cholesterol was signifcantly higher in comparison with the control obese group. In terms of morphological structures, the number of adipocyte cells was reduced, and the hepatocytes found in the liver were less prone to rupturing when treated with SBH. In conclusion, the administration of SBH led to an improvement in indicators associated with obesity reduction. SBH also possesses a hepatoprotective potential which can reduce the health risks related to obesity.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
Halal Products Research Institute
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/6371582
Publisher: Hindawi
Keywords: Heterotrigona; Honey; Obesity; Cardiovascular diseases
Depositing User: Ms. Nida Hidayati Ghazali
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2021 06:20
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2021 06:20
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/74021
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