Volume No. 9 Issue No.: 3A Page No.: 893-895 January-March 2015

 

EFFECT OF BETEL LEAF AND ITS QUID COMPONENTS ON ENZYME KINETICS OF SALIVARY AMYLASE

 

Gurav Minakshi N.* and Sundaresan Meenakshi

D. G. Ruparel College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Mahim, Mumbai (INDIA)

 

Received on : November 10, 2014

 

ABSTRACT

 

Since ancient days betel leaf along with its quid components is considered as aid-in-digestion. It also has many medicinal properties. Betel leaf has diastase which helps in digestion of carbohydrates. However the property of breaking down of carbohydrates alters due to the addition of quid components. The present study throws light on the effect of betel leaf and its quid components on the digestion of the starch in presence of salivary amylase. The aquesous extract of quid component used shows that betel leaf alone enhances the amylase activity. However the action slows down with addition of other quid components though each of them may have enhancing starch digesting ability

 

Keywords : Areca nut, Saked lime, Kattha betal leaf, Carbohydrates , Starch

 

 

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