North American Journal of Medical Sciences

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2010  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 12  |  Page : 569--575

High fiber probiotic fermented mare俟Q製 milk reduces the toxic effects of mercury in rats


Ahmed M Abdel-Salam1, Ali Al-Dekheil2, Ali Babkr3, Mohammed Farahna4, Hassan M Mousa1 
1 Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Qassim University, Buraidah, Al-Qassim, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Animal Production and Breeding, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Qassim University, Buraidah, Al-Qassim, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Medical Laboratories, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Qassim University, Buraidah, Al-Qassim, Saudi Arabia
4 Department of Optometry, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Qassim University, Buraidah, Al-Qassim, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Ahmed M Abdel-Salam
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Qassim University, Buraidah
Saudi Arabia

Background : Since the advent of the Industrial Revolution in the late 19th century, we have all been unfortunately exposed to an increasingly toxic and polluted world. Among the most dangerous of these pollutants is mercury, which is considered to be the most toxic non-radioactive heavy metal. Fermented foods may help cleanse the body of heavy metals. Fermentation breaks down the nutrients in foods by the action of beneficial microorganisms and creates natural chelators that are available to bind toxins and remove them from the body. Aims: The current study was designed to determine the impact of feeding a high fiber probiotic fermented mare俟Q製 milk on the biological effects of mercury toxicity in rat model. Methods and Materials: The high fiber fermented mare俟Q製 milk containing probiotics was prepared and its sensory properties, chemical composition, and antioxidant activity were determined. A rat model of mercury toxicity was used. The effect of feeding the high fiber probiotic fermented mare俟Q製 milk to rats, along with mercury ingestion, was determined by the analysis of several biochemical markers in serum and histopathological examinations of brain and kidney. Results: The high fiber fermented mare俟Q製 milk containing probiotics was found to be acceptable by all test panels and volunteers. Mercury ingestion was found to cause biochemical and histopathological alterations in rat serum and tissues. The mercury-treated rats showed a decrease in body weight and an increase in kidney weight. Sera of the mercury treated rats showed alterations in biochemical parameters, and histopathological changes in brain and kidney. However, the rats fed high fiber fermented mare`s milk along with mercury ingestion showed improved histopathology of kidney and brain, and there was restoration of the biochemical parameters in serum to almost normal values. Conclusions: Feeding high fiber fermented mare`s milk may reduce the toxic effects of mercury.


How to cite this article:
Abdel-Salam AM, Al-Dekheil A, Babkr A, Farahna M, Mousa HM. High fiber probiotic fermented mare's milk reduces the toxic effects of mercury in rats.North Am J Med Sci 2010;2:569-575


How to cite this URL:
Abdel-Salam AM, Al-Dekheil A, Babkr A, Farahna M, Mousa HM. High fiber probiotic fermented mare's milk reduces the toxic effects of mercury in rats. North Am J Med Sci [serial online] 2010 [cited 2023 Jan 29 ];2:569-575
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