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Title: Nutritive potential of a polyherbal preparation fro m some selected Ghanaian Herbs
Authors: Dickson, Rita Akosua
Amponsah, Isaac Kingsley
Annan, Kofi
Fleischer, Theophilus Christian
Keywords: Anaemia
Ghanaian herbs
Nutrients
Lactation
Polyherbal formulation
Pregnancy
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: J. Nat. Prod. Plant Resour.,
Citation: J. Nat. Prod. Plant Resour., 2014, 4 (3):77-81
Abstract: ‘Abemudro’ is a polyherbal formulation that is used traditionally in Ghana for recuperation and rejuvenation during pregnancy, lactation and convalescence. The purpose of this study was essentially to determine the nutritive properties of Nephrolepis undulata, Secamone afzelii, Dracaena mannii, Lantana camara, Costus afer and Solanum torvum used in this polyherbal formulation in order to validate it traditional use. Mineral content, vitamin analysis and protein contents of selected plants were determined according standard methods. Solanum torvum was found to be a rich source of vital minerals; containing relatively the highest amount of most of the minerals analysed. This includes iron (0.34%), magnesium (51.17%), zinc (1.32%), sodium (5.55%) and potassium (49.62%). Nephrolepis undulata was found to be the only herbal component in the combination that contained vitamin A. Vitamin B-12 was found in Solanum torvum and Nephrolepis undulata. Vitamin C was present in all the herbal components except Nephrolepis undulata. In the protein analysis, Solanum torvum had the highest protein content (11.38%) with Dracaena mannii having the least amount of protein (1.44% w/w). Thus the constituent plants of the Ghanaian polyherbal formulation ‘Abemudro’, contain essential vitamins, minerals and proteins for maintenance of wellbeing, wound healing and prevention of anaemia. The folkloric technique of combining these herbs is justified as the individual plants, used alone, would not be able to provide the adequate amounts of nutrients.
Description: An article published by J. Nat. Prod. Plant Resour., 2014, 4 (3):77-81
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/10691
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