2004 Volume 27 Issue 2 Pages 216-218
The inhibitory effects of Momordica charantia extracts were studied on the uptake of glucose and tyrosine across rat everted gut sacs in vitro. The aqueous extract of the plant was found to inhibit primarily the uptake of glucose in a dose-dependent manner. Uptake of tyrosine was affected at high substrate concentrations only. The extract was also found to decrease the absorptive capacity of fluid across the small intestine and sodium ions. It is hypothesized that the effects of Momordica could involve a washout of glucose from the blood stream.