Journal of Food Measurement and Characterization

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 1765–1772 | Cite as

Effect of in vitro simulated digestion on sugar content and biological activities of Zehneria maysorensis (Wight & Arn.) Arn. leaf polysaccharides

  • Muniyandi Kasipandi
  • A. S. Vrindarani
  • Puthanpura Sasidharan Sreeja
  • Suman Thamburaj
  • Sathyanarayanan Saikumar
  • Sivaraj Dhivya
  • Thangaraj ParimelazhaganEmail author
Original Paper


Zehneria maysorensis (Wight & Arn.) Arn. is a Cucurbitaceae family leafy vegetable and habitual utilization of this could helps to recover human health system. This study evaluated the effect of in vitro digestion on the free radical, α-glucosidase and α-amylase inhibiting properties of Z. maysorensis leaf polysaccharides (ZMLP). The pre digested (427.00 ± 0.09 mg glucose equivalents/g of sample) and gastric digested (451.36 ± 2.82 mg glucose equivalents/g of sample) ZMLP significantly (p < 0.001) showed sugar content than pancreatic digested sample (82.51 ± 5.20 mg glucose equivalents/g of sample). The analyzed bioactivities of ZMLP were significantly (p < 0.001) higher after gastric digestion. This evidently proved that ZMLP easily digestible and made available for the intestine absorption in higher amount. The digestive ability and the bioactive potential of ZMLP suggest these functional foods can be used as antioxidant and anti-hyperglycemic agent in future.


α-Glucosidase α-Amylase Antioxidant Zehneria maysorensis 



All the authors acknowledge the University Grants Commission (UGC)–Special Assistance Programme [Ref No: F.5-16/2016/DRS-1(SAP-II)] in Department of Botany, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India for granting the instrument facilities during the research work. The first author gratefully acknowledges to University Grants Commission, India for the Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship (Ref No. F1-17.1/2017-18/RGNF-2017-18-SC-TAM-37934).

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All authors declared that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Muniyandi Kasipandi
    • 1
  • A. S. Vrindarani
    • 1
  • Puthanpura Sasidharan Sreeja
    • 1
  • Suman Thamburaj
    • 1
  • Sathyanarayanan Saikumar
    • 1
  • Sivaraj Dhivya
    • 1
  • Thangaraj Parimelazhagan
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Bioprospecting Laboratory, Department of BotanyBharathiar UniversityCoimbatoreIndia

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