Several studies have reported the therapeutic use of caffeoylquinic acid (CQA) derivatives in the management of hyperglycemia. This study used a simulated in vitro gastrointestinal digestion model to assess the inhibitory effects of CQA derivatives-rich sweet potato leaf extract (SPLE) and a commercially produced green coffee bean extract (GCBE), each with total polyphenols contents of 452 mg g-1 and 278 mg g-1, respectively, against starch digestion. The changes in the amounts of total polyphenols and total CQA derivatives during in vitro gastrointestinal digestion were also examined. The results indicated that both extracts contained substantial levels of CQA derivatives (136 mg g-1 and 83.5 mg g-1 of extract for SPLE and GCBE, respectively). The amounts of total polyphenols and total CQA derivatives in 20 mg of SPLE and GCBE samples decreased from 9.04 mg to 0.58 mg and from 5.56 mg to 0.58 mg, and from 2.72 mg to 0.16 mg and from 1.67 mg to 0.10 mg, respectively, following in vitro gastrointestinal digestion and subsequent dialysis. When SPLE and GCBE were accompanied with starch for in vitro digestion test, they both exhibited inhibitory effect against starch digestion during simulated intestinal digestion, with estimated half maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50) values of 4.91 mg and 6.06 mg polyphenols, respectively. The amount of glucose permeated through dialysis membrane also decreased significantly in comparison with the extract-negative control. Thus, both SPLE and GCBE were capable of modulating the release of glucose from starch digestion in simulated intestinal tract. The observed inhibitory effects against glucose release were presumably due in part to the presence of CQA derivatives in the tested extracts. The SPLE had higher inhibitory effect against in vitro starch digestion than the commercially prepared reference GCBE. Therefore, the SPLE might be used to manage hyperglycemia over the long term.

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