Plants are good sources of compounds which have been associated with health benefits, including antidiabetic properties. Research has shown that plant polyphenols such as anthocyanins possess amylase and/or glucosidase inhibition activities and they may be used as supplementary treatments for improving glycemic control in diabetic patients. In this unfunded project, the inhibitory effect of butterfly pea (Clitoria ternatea) - a tropical plant from the Leguminosae family with a blue flower - against starch digestive enzymes during simulated digestion is investigated. The efficacy of the inhibition by the butterfly pea flower extract is quantified through a series of in vitro starch digestion experiments, and the interaction of the extract with enzyme amylase is monitored using a time-resolved fluorescence technique.
Primary raw data were collected from laboratory experiments (simulated starch digestion, basic characterisation of the flower extract) or generated by analytical instrument (time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy), while the secondary data, such as percentage inhibition, are calculated from the lab raw data.
|Date made available||21 Dec 2021|
|Date of data production||2016 - 2020|
- Butterfly pea
- Enzyme inhibition