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      In vitro influence of spices and spice-active principles on digestive enzymes of rat pancreas and small intestine.

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      Die Nahrung
      Wiley-Blackwell

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          Abstract

          In vitro influence of 14 individual spices (curcumin, capsaicin, piperine, garlic, onion, ginger, mint, coriander, cumin, ajowan, fennel, fenugreek, mustard, and asafoetida) on the activities of digestive enzymes of rat pancreas and small intestine was examined by including them in the reaction mixture at two different concentrations. A majority of spices enhanced the activity of pancreatic lipase and amylase when they are directly in contact with the enzyme. It is inferred that this positive influence on the activity of enzymes may have a supplementary role in the overall digestive stimulant action of spices, besides causing an enhancement of the titres of digestive enzymes in pancreatic tissue.

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          Nahrung
          Die Nahrung
          Wiley-Blackwell
          0027-769X
          0027-769X
          Dec 2003
          : 47
          : 6
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition, Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore -570 013, India.
          Article
          10.1002/food.200390091
          14727769
          42121b66-4d11-46de-8f6e-98a822dc92d1
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