Anti-diabetic Effects of Barnyard Millet Miryang 3 [Echinochloa esculenta (A. Braun)] Grains on Blood Glucose in C57BL/KsJ-db/db Mice

식용피 밀양3호[Echinochloa esculenta (A. Braun)] 에탄올 추출물의 당뇨모델 마우스에 대 한 항당뇨 활성

  • Received : 2015.11.24
  • Accepted : 2015.11.25
  • Published : 2015.11.30


Barnyard millet Miryang 3 [Echinochloa esculenta (A. Braun)] grains have recently been acknowledged for beneficial health properties due to phenolic ingredients and dietary fiber. This study has been conducted on the anti-diabetic activity of barnyard millet Miryang 3 which shows the strongest anti-inflammatory activity among barnyard millet inhabiting in South Korea. When 80% ethanol (EtOH) extract of barnyard millet Miryang 3 grains were orally administered into db/db diabetic mice for 8 weeks (600 mg/kg/day), the glucose level in blood following fasting appeared to be improved compared to the control group. The results of glucose tolerance test and blood lipid profile assay were similar to those of the metformin-administered positive control group. In addition, the level of body weight increase (8.54±2.24) was lower than the level of metformin-administered group (10.36±3.15); however, there was no subtle difference with negative and positive control groups in terms of food efficiency rates. In addition, total cholesterol levels of the 80% EtOH extract-administered group (160.7±7.6) were significantly reduced compared to the diabetic control group (229.3±47.8) and metformin-administered group (176.0±25.6). Consequently, these results show that barnyard millet grains alleviates many of the diabetic symptoms in vivo non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, and suggest that barnyard millet grains can be applicable in developing new functional food materials.


Anti-hyperglycemia;anti-diabetes;barnyard millet grains;blood glucose level;ethanol extract


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