COMPARATIVE PROXIMATE AND PHYTOCHEMICAL COMPOSITION STUDIES OF TEN MEDICINAL PLANTS
Author:Ukpabi Chibueze | 2017-11-01
The percentage Phytochemical and proximate composition of ten medicinal plants- Uziza, Neem, Pumpkin, Avocado pear, miracle plant, scent leaf, Bitter kola, curry leaf, fig fruit and watermelon were investigated using standard methods. The saponins content of Avocado pear was significantly the highest in their column while watermelon had the least. The flavonoids content of fig fruit was significantly higher (P<0.05) than other plants studied while watermelon had the least. The tannins content of miracle leaf, though not significantly different from fig fruit was the highest among other plants while watermelon had the least. The alkaloids contents of all the plants indicated that they were in moderate amounts. The proximate composition showed that all the macronutrients were present at various concentrations with carbohydrate being the most abundant. The primary and secondary plant metabolites found in these plants may act in synergy to bring about pharmacologic functions and may explain reasons for their ethno-medical usage.