Effect of Amaranthus hybridus on the immunity of laboratory white albino rats
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This study determined the role of A. hybrids in boosting the immunity of female albino rats in the laboratory. They were randomly assigned to four groups, A to D and followed for 16 weeks during which groups A to C had their immunity suppressed and thereafter, group A given raw vegetable while group B cooked. The rats were bled four times and levels of three immune indicators determined (CD3%, CD+4 and CD+8 counts). Results indicated that the positive control (group C) was worse off than the groups who were given vegetables after suppressing immunity (groups A and B) in terms of CD+4/CD+8 ratio. There was, however no, significant difference (p>0.05) within the groups who were given raw or cooked vegetable. The negative control group (D) was the best performing group as per this indicator.