Dr Vidona Willy Barinem and Aduema W1*, Akunneh-Wariso, C2   (Published 2018)

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The use of Mucunaflagellipes in recent time has been on the increase as a result of its speculated therapeutic effect mostly on the
protein level of the body. And owing to the fact that there are no detailed reports on Mucunaflagellipes on its effect on neurobehavioral
parameters, this work is therefore intended to investigate the possible effects of this herb on the exploratory behavior and body
weight in Swiss white mice. Twenty (20) mice of mixed sex were randomly divided in to two groups of ten mice each. Group 1
served as the control, while group 2 received the Mucunaflagellipes diet. The feeding lasted for 31 days. The open field maze task
was used to assess exploratory behavior. All mice were allowed free access to clean drinking water. Daily food intake, water intake
and body weight change were measured. Data were analyzed using the statistical tools (one way ANOVA and student t-test).The
results showed that the Mucunaflagellipes diet fed mice had significantly increased (p<0.01; p<0.05) line crossings, close arm
duration and stretch attend posture (SAP) compared to control. There was an increase in food intake and water intake (p<0.001
and p<0.01) compared to control. However, the body weight change was statistically higher but not significant when compared to
the control group. Therefore, consumption of Mucunaflagellipes improves exploratory behavior and body weight in mice. These
may be has a result of an unknown phytochemical compound present in Mucunaflagellipes.

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Keywords: ANATOMY
Department: Medicine and Surgery
Field of Study: Medicine
Uploaded By: Uwaifo Ferdinand
Date Added: 25 Mar 2019 9:59am
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