Volume 3, Issue 7


Effect of commercial oil of Nigella sativa L. seeds on lipids parameters and weight in sheep

Author: Idris H. Maha, El- Bagir M. Nabeila and Al-Tayib O.A.

Abstract: Objective: This study investigated the effects of feeding commercial oil of Nigella sativa (N. sativa) on the levels of serum various lipid fractions in sheep. Serum samples were collected every two weeks for the determination of total cholesterol, low density lipoprotein (LDL-c), high density lipoprotein (HDL-c), triglycerides concentrations, and the body weights.
Material & Methods: Twelve male cross breed sheep were divided into two groups on the basis of their weights. Each cage was supplied with fattening ration prepared as pellets at the rate of one kilogram per day. Barseem and water were supplied ad libitum throughout the day. The sheep were fed the commercial ration for two weeks as an adaptation period and then they were subjected to a feeding programme for 6 weeks as follows: In group B (control group) sheep’s received pellets. In group A (treated group) received pellets mixed with 4.7% (47 gram) of Nigella sativa oil seeds.
Results: N. sativa significantly raised cholesterol, LDL-C, HD, and the body weights after 8 weeks. The treated group showed significant with reference to FBG and LDL-cholesterol.
Conclusions: Feeding of Nigella sativa oil to the diets of sheep, resulted in significant elevation in Serum total cholesterol, LDL-C, HDL-C, triglycerides concentrations, and the body weights.


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