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n Journal of Emerging Trends in Engineering and Applied Sciences - Chemical profile of an anti-malarial concoction "Udu" used in Umunchi autonomous community in Isiala Mbano L.G.A of Imo State, Nigeria

Volume 3, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 2141-7016
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Abstract

The chemical profile of "Udu", an anti-malarial concoction used in Umunchi autonomous community in Isiala Mbano L.G.A of Imo State, Nigeria was investigated. Results obtained revealed the presence of alkaloids (1.22±0.03mg/100ml) flavonoids (1.48±0.04mg/100ml), saponins (0.96±0.01mg/100ml), tannin (1.05±0.08mg/ml), cyanogenic glycosides (0.29±0.12mg/100ml) and phytates (0.10±0.00mg/100ml). Oxalates were not detected. Vitamin A (Retinol), vitamin B1 (Thiamin), vitamin B (Riboflavin), vitamin B (Niacin), vitamin C (Ascorbic acid), vitamin E (Tocopherol) and important mineral elements like sodium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, and manganese were detected in the studied concoction. Cadmium, lead and chromium were not present in the concoction. This study has shown the chemical profile of "Udu". These chemical constituents may be behind its medicinal property.

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2012-06-01
2019-09-21

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