Phytochemical Screening and Mineral Analysis of the Pulp of Dacryodes klaineana (Pierre) H.J.LAM
Ogboru Rachel Ogheneovo, Research Coordinating Unit, Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria, Ibadan, Nigeria.
Akideno Lawson Oseigbokan, Moist Forest Research Station, Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria, Benin-City, Nigeria.
Rafiu Basirat Olabisi, Biomedcinal Research Center, Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria, Ibadan, Nigeria.
Lawal Ibraheem Oduola, Biomedcinal Research Center, Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria, Ibadan, Nigeria.
African native trees species have been renowned to have health protective properties and uses. Plants roots, barks, leaves, fruit parts and tingles have contributed massively to rural well-being through provision of drugs for the cure of many ailments. A lot of such trees have not been investigated and one of such trees is the Dacryodes Klaineana. Consequently the phytochemical screening and Mineral analysis of the pulp of Dacryodes klaineana (Pierre) H.J.Lam pulp was investigated via customary chemical methods. Result scoring revealed the presence of secondary metabolites such as flavanoids, tannins, saponins, alkaloids, and cardiac glycosides but free and combined antraquinones were absent. The presence of these secondary metabolites gives authority to the medicinal yield of the fruit pulp. The Mineral analysis of the sample pulp indicated the presence of essential minerals which includes calcium, Magnesium, potassium, zinc, sodium, iron, phosphorus, manganese and copper. These essential minerals contained in the pulp of Dacryodes klaineana may play an important role in health and nutrition if incorporated into diet and feed for animals. It is nevertheless recommended that more research on the pharmacological, morphological and biological actions on the fruit pulp and other parts of this tree species be looked extensively looked into.
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