Modulation of lipid metabolism by Centella asiatica in oxidative stress rats

J Food Sci. 2009 Mar;74(2):H72-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-3841.2009.01045.x.


A study was carried out to investigate the effects of Centella asiatica leaf on lipid metabolism of oxidative stress rats. The rats were fed 0.1% hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)) with either 0.3% (w/w) C. asiatica extract, 5%C. asiatica powder (w/w), or 0.3% (w/w) alpha-tocopherol for 25 wk. Results of the study showed that C. asiatica powder significantly (P < 0.05) lowered serum low-density lipoprotein compared to that of control rats (rats fed H(2)O(2) only). At the end of the study C. asiatica-fed rats were also found to have significantly (P < 0.05) higher high-density lipoprotein and lower triglyceride level compared to rats fed only normal diet. However, cholesterol level of rats fed both C. asiatica extract and powder was found to be significantly (P < 0.05) higher compared to that of control rats. It was interesting to note that consumption of C. asiatica significantly decreased body and liver weights of the rats. Histological examinations revealed no obvious changes in all rats studied. Quantitative analysis of C. asiatica leaf revealed high concentration of total phenolic compounds, in particular, catechin, quercetin, and rutin.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Centella / metabolism*
  • Cholesterol / blood
  • Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid
  • Flavonoids / chemistry
  • Flavonoids / metabolism
  • Lipid Metabolism* / drug effects
  • Lipids / physiology*
  • Lipoproteins, HDL / blood
  • Lipoproteins, HDL / drug effects
  • Lipoproteins, LDL / blood
  • Lipoproteins, LDL / drug effects
  • Liver / drug effects
  • Models, Molecular
  • Organ Size / drug effects
  • Oxidative Stress / drug effects
  • Oxidative Stress / physiology*
  • Phenols / metabolism
  • Plant Extracts / pharmacology*
  • Plant Leaves / metabolism
  • Rats
  • Triglycerides / blood
  • Weight Gain


  • Flavonoids
  • Lipids
  • Lipoproteins, HDL
  • Lipoproteins, LDL
  • Phenols
  • Plant Extracts
  • Triglycerides
  • Cholesterol