BIOTA Philippines Conference System, 52nd BIOTA Annual National Convention and Scientific Sessions

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"Potential Memory-Enhancing Effect of Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus L.) Seed Extract in Mice (Mus musculus)"
Zandra Tolentino Salut

Last modified: 2017-03-10


A lot of natural and synthetic supplements with brain enhancing effects are rising and continue to be available in the market. These supplements have yielded positive results for the buyers, but little do they know that there is a cheaper option for enhancing mental processes. Vegetables, such as Okra are consumed without knowing that they have nutrients essential for the brain which can potentially enhance memory. Okra is rich in vitamin B-complex that is important in brain health; it also has antioxidants that neutralize free radicals that can be detrimental to neurons (Curran, 2013). This thesis sought to determine the memory enhancing effect of okra seed in mice. To address this, the researchers utilized different groups of mice, the negative control group and experimental group with both male and female groups. Experimental group was further divided for varying dosage (40mg/kg and 60mg/kg) of okra seed extract. After a month of treatment, both groups of mice were subjected to Morris Water Maze for eighteen trials and probe-test. Results showed that the mice that have been administered with 60mg/kg okra seed extract has lower escape latency than the mice that are induced with 40mg/kg. Gender difference of the subjects is not a factor in the memory enhancing effect of okra. However, performance of experimental group showed a significant difference over the negative control group. Overall, the findings between the negative control group and experimental group showed significant difference therefore, the researchers have concluded that okra indeed enhances memory and this paper have provided empirical evidences of the okra seed effect.

Keyword: okra, memory, Morris Water Maze, gender difference


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