Chemical composition of Senecio biafrae leaf

Ajiboye, Basiru and Ibukun, E.O and Edobor, G. and Onikanni, Sunday (2013) Chemical composition of Senecio biafrae leaf. Scientific Journal of Biological Sciences, 2 (8). pp. 152-159. ISSN 2322-1968

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This study examined the proximate, mineral, fatty acid, amino acid and vitamin compositions of Senecio biafrae leaves grown mostly in western part of Nigeria. From the results, Senecio biafrae leaves were found to be a good source of protein (14.26±2.01%) and fiber (15.78±0.13%) by using AOAC method. The observed minerals content carried out using atomic absorption spectrophotometer were: sodium, iron, potassium, aluminum, calcium, zinc, selenium, magnesium and cobalt. The leaves also has essential fatty acid by using gas chromatograph technique (Linoleic, linolenic and arachidonic acids), indispensable amino acid (threonine, valine, isoleucine, leucne, tyrosine, phenylalanine, tryptophan and histidine) which was determined by using gas chromatography technique and vitamins such as vitamins E, C, K, A and vitamin B complex was detected by using both AOAC and gas chromatography technique.. Therefore, Senecio biafrae can be considered as a useful source of essential nutrients for both animals and livestock.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Senecio biafrae Proximate Minerals Amino acid Fatty acid Vitamins
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Q Science > QR Microbiology
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Chemistry
Depositing User: Mr Tayo Okunlola
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2016 12:46
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2016 12:46

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