EFFECTIVENESS OF AMLA, JAGGERY AND PUMPKIN LEAVES EXTRACT ON THE LEVEL OF HAEMOGLOBIN, VITAMIN C AND IRON AMONG ADOLESCENT GIRLS WITH IRON DEFICIENCY ANEMIAAbstract
Background: Iron deficiency anaemia poses a burden on the limited health care delivery system. Current pharmacological anti anaemic agents cause undesirable side effect like nausea, vomiting dark stool etc. Herbal remedies offer the potential for alternative treatment strategies. This study was therefore conducted in an effort to formulate a food based extract prepared from plants products. Objectives: To assess the effectiveness of amla, jageery and pumpkin leaves mixture on level of haemoglobin, Vitamin C and iron among adolescent girls with iron deficiency anaemia. Method: An experimental design with pre-test and post-test control group was used for the study. Subjects were randomized to the control and experimental group. The intervention was administered to the experimental group. The blood test is used to estimate the haemoglobin, iron and Vitamin C. Results: There was significant difference observed in the pre-test and post test level of haemoglobin Vitamin C and iron of the subjects in the experimental group. In the experimental group there was a rise in mean values for haemoglobin from 9.942 to 10.99, Vitamin C from 4.302 to 5.63 and iron from 77.6 to 99.58. Conclusion: Combining the three extract led to the enhancing level of haemoglobin which further improves the physical work capacity. The formulation demonstrates more potential in combinational herbal medicines therapy in anaemia management.