Authors : N. Oztasan
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to determined the effects of drinking nitrate on plasma leptin, insulin, thyroid hormones levels in rats. All rats were divided into one control and one treatment group (n = 8) and water with 150 mg L-1 sodium nitrate added was given to Group I during 8 weeks period. At the end of the experiment when plasma T4 level in the Group I was increased as compared with the control group, plasma T3 was decreased (p<0.05). There were not found statistically significance in the other parameters in experiment group compare to control group. In conclusion, the present study indicates that nitrate intake in water influenced thyroid function but not affected the plasma leptin and insulin hormone concentrations which playing a key role in the energy metabolism.
N. Oztasan , 2012. The Effects of Added Drinking Water Nitrate on Plasma Leptin, Insulin and Thyroid Hormone Concentrations in Rats. Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances, 11: 3050-3053.