Attenuation of colitis injury in rats using Garcinia cambogia extract

Phytother Res. 2009 Mar;23(3):324-9. doi: 10.1002/ptr.2626.


Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are chronic enteropathies that probably result from a dysregulated mucosal immune response. These pathologies are characterized by oxidative and nitrosative stress, leukocyte infiltration and up-regulation of pro-inflammatory substances. Current IBD treatment presents limitations in both efficacy and safety that stimulated the search for new active compounds. Garcinia cambogia extract has attracted interest due to its pharmacological properties, including gastroprotective effects. In this study, the antiinflammatory activity of a garcinia extract was assessed in TNBS-induced colitis rats. The results obtained revealed that garcinia administration to colitic rats significantly improved the macroscopic damage and caused substantial reductions in increases in MPO activity, COX-2 and iNOS expression. In addition, garcinia extract treatment was able to reduce PGE(2) and IL-1beta colonic levels. These antiinflammatory actions could be related to a reduction in DNA damage in isolated colonocytes, observed with the comet assay. Finally, garcinia extract caused neither mortality nor toxicity signals after oral administration. As such, the antiinflammatory effects provided by the Garcinia cambogia extract result in an improvement of several parameters analysed in experimental colitis and could provide a source for the search for new antiinflammatory compounds useful in IBD treatment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / pharmacology*
  • Colitis / chemically induced
  • Colitis / drug therapy*
  • Colon / metabolism
  • Colon / pathology
  • DNA Damage
  • Dinoprostone / metabolism
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Female
  • Garcinia cambogia / chemistry*
  • Inflammation Mediators / metabolism
  • Male
  • Peroxidase / metabolism
  • Plant Extracts / pharmacology*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Trinitrobenzenesulfonic Acid / pharmacology


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Inflammation Mediators
  • Plant Extracts
  • Trinitrobenzenesulfonic Acid
  • Peroxidase
  • Dinoprostone