Effect of naturopathic fasting therapy on serum lipid profile and haematological indices in healthy individuals

Balakrishna Shetty, Geetha B. Shetty, Prashanth Shetty, Manjula Shantaram

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Naturopathic fasting therapy (NFT), a low calorie diet was described as a safe, harmless and effective method for reducing the body weight and thereby it may have beneficial effects on lipid profile. The present study aims at observing the changes induced by NFT on haematological indices and serum lipid profile in healthy individuals. A total of 30 college students of age group 18-24 years were selected for the study for a single group pre-post trial. The subjects were evaluated for lipid profile by using Autoanalyser -ErbaChem 5X and haematological indices was assessed by using Sysmex xt-1800i automated hematology analyzer on Day 1 (baseline) and Day 10 (post). The intervention included the NFT where the subjects were provided with normal vegetarian diet on the first day, lemon- honey juice and mixed fruit diet on second day, lemon honey juice on the third to ninth days and, lemon honey juice and mixed fruit diet on the tenth day. Data was verified for normal distribution and analyzed by using paired sample't' test with SPSS (Version 20.0) package. The results have shown decrease in the total serum cholesterol and triglycerides and Hemoglobin, PCV, RBC Count and MCHC were increased significantly compared to the baseline values after the NFT. The present study concludes that NFT can be implemented as a treatment regimen for treating subjects with altered lipid status and also shown positive changes in the haematological indices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1295-1299
Number of pages5
JournalResearch Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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