Abscisic acid identification in Okra,L. (Moench): perspective nutraceutical use for the treatment of diabetes.
Nat Prod Res. 2019 Jul 8:1-7. Epub 2019 Jul 8. PMID: 31282220
Okra,L. (Moench), also known as Lady's Fingers, gombo, or bamje, is an annual plant belonging to thefamily. Traditional olistic medicine since centuries directly associates this plant and its parts to a beneficial health hypoglycemic effect. Since the abscisic acid (ABA) has been associated to an interesting hypoglycemic effect, this triggered us to verify and quantify the presence of the abscisic acid in the okra phytocomplex. In particular, ABA, a plant derived hormone, has been proven by recent studies to be effective on mammals. To determine and quantify the ABA content, different parts of the Okra plant extracts have been evaluated, and HPLC-DAD analysis has been used allowing us to report for the first time the presence of this isoprenoid compound. Bioaccessibility has been also investigated using a simulated gastro intestinal (GI) digestion protocol with the aim of explore the possibility of okra extract as nutraceutical.