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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Featured Issue: Biokemistri Vol.25 No.1, 2, & 3

Today we are featuring Biokemistri vol.25. In this blog post we will be featuring articles from all three issues of this volume.

No.1 includes "Evaluation of selected trace metals in some hypertensive subjects in a tertiary health institution in Southwest Nigeria" by Onuegbu et al. This article aims to explore the role of trace metals in people with primary hypertension. The study looks at the aetiological roles of trace metals such as zinc, manganese, copper, and selenium in 45 patients with primary hypertension and 47 patients who had normal blood pressure or were pre-hypertensive. The patients were examined using atomic absorption spectrophotometry (AAS) to determine the serum levels of the trace metals, and each patient had their weight, BMI, height, and blood pressure recorded. The results indicated that the group with hypertension had higher concentration levels of zinc. The results also indicated that levels of copper, manganese and selenium did not differ significantly between the group with hypertension and the group with normal blood pressure and pre-hypertension.
You can find other articles from this issue here.

No.2 includes an editorial by Dr Femi Olorunniji giving a general overview of all the articles for this issue. He also introduces several new board members and gives background info on each. This issue also includes "The effect of garlic and ginger phytogenics on the shelf life and microbial contents of homemade soursop (Annona muricata L) fruit juice" by Vwioko et al. This article looks at the effects that garlic and ginger have on the storage life of homemade soursop juice, a popular fruit and juice consumed in many countries around the world. In this study, a control group of soursop juice without treatment were stored, and test groups of soursop juice were separately treated with garlic, ginger and sodium benzoate. The untreated juices were found to have the highest levels of contamination among the groups, and the group treated with sodium benzoate was found to have the lowest levels of contamination. Among the microogranisms found in all the groups were Bacillus, Staphylococcus and Acetobacter. All the treated groups of soursop juice were found to have slightly lower pH levels than the untreated group. The study concluded that the treatments could increase storage lifespan and reduce the risk of infection when consuming the soursop juice.
You can find other articles from this issue here.

Red wine has been reported in the media as having beneficial health properties. But there is more need for medical research to be done. No.3 includes "Use of atherogenic index of plasma in evaluating the potential cardioprotective effects of red wine consumption: Studies in Nigerian young adult volunteers" by Emokpae et al. assesses the factors predicting development of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular occurences by examining, among other factors, atherogenic lipid of plasma, cardiac risk ratios, and atherogenic coefficient to test if red wine provides cardio protection in young adults. For the study, samples of blood were taken before giving the test subjects red wine. Blood samples were collected after the red wine, which was consumed within five minutes, was ingested for one hour. The results indicated that triglyceride levels increased in the subjects after they consumed red wine, but total cholesterol levels decreased.
For this article and other articles from this issue, click here.

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