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Articles by Fasih Ahmad
Total Records ( 2 ) for Fasih Ahmad
  Abdulaziz M. Al-Othman , Fasih Ahmad , Saada Al-Orf , Khalid S. Al-Murshed and Zarina Arif
  In the present study Nigella sativa and Ellataria cardamomum seeds have been studied as inhibitors of oxidative stress caused by oxidized corn oil (having PV 389.8 meq kg-1) in rats. The 70 days feeding male albino rats with experimental diets did not produce significant changes in the body weights, organ weights and food intake of different groups. Increased lipooxidative damage was noticed in oxidized oil fed rats. Oxidized oil diet supplemented with cardamom or N. sativa had marked reduction in RBC hemolysis and plasma AST/ALT activity. The formation of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances were lowest in rats fed N. sativa supplemented diet. Reduced glutathione of liver and kidney were significantly raised after the addition of cardamom/N. sativa to the diets compared to oxidized oil fed rats (Group F). But heart reduced glutathione showed a significant increase as compared to oxidized oil fed group only after the supplementation of N. sativa to the diet. These data indicates that N. sativa or cardamom supplementation improves the overall antioxidant protection capacity of the body.
  Fasih Ahmad , Al Kanhal Mohamad Ahmad , Arif Zarina and Hameed Tariq
  The domestic use of microwave heating is common. Therefore we believe that the study of microwave heated edible oils using animal models is appropriate and may help in understanding its effect on human nutrition. Currently there is growing interest to investigate the effect of microwave heating on the oxidative stability of food, as it is used more frequently than ever before. Effect of microwave heating of corn oil for 1 h and 40 min and 3 h and 20 min was investigated by assessing its fatty acid composition and peroxide value. The amount of polyunsaturated fatty acid decreased with the increase in the peroxide values of the microwave treated oil indicates decreased stability. The microwave heated oils (4% v/v) were fed to male albino rats by supplementing to the diet, to investigate whether or not they have some deleterious effect. The microwave treated oil did not affect the body weight gain as well as lipid level in rats. More over the rate of in vitro RBC hemolysis and tissue TBARS remained unaffected after ingestion of diet supplemented with microwave treated oil. These findings indicate that microwave treatment had no harmful consequences in our experimental condition.
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