Journal: Journal of Pharmacy Research

Article Id: JPRS-MB-00001382
Title: Phytochemical Analysis of Cocos nucifera L
Category: Microbiology
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    The phytochemical screening of Cocos nucifera L was studied. The aim of the study was to determine the phytochemical constituents of the endosperm of Cocos nucifera L. The nuts of Cocos nucifera were collected from a coconut tree in the Botany Department of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. The nuts were broken to release the solidified endosperm (kernel). The endosperm was cut, washed, dried and milled using a laboratory mill. The phytochemical analyses carried out on the milled kernel showed the presence of terpenoids, alkaloids, resins, glyco-sides and steroids. Flavonoids and acidic compounds were not detected. The macronutrient analyses, on the order hand showed the presence of carbohydrate, proteins, reducing sugar, fats and oil. Of the above macronutrients, oil is known to be the major constituent that is necessary for the medicinal uses of coconut, though the phytochemicals: alkaloids, steroids and terpenoids are known to have antioxidant properties. The nutritional and health implication of coconut consumption are also discussed.

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    OBIDOA, Onyechi; JOSHUA, *Parker Elijah and EZE, Nkechi J.

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    *Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria.

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    Parker Elijah
    Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Biological Sciences,
    University of Nigeria, Nsukka,
    Enugu State, Nigeria

    Received on: 12-10-2009; Revised on: 15-12-2009; Accepted on:10-01-2010

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    OBIDOA, Onyechi; JOSHUA, *Parker Elijah and EZE, Nkechi J.

    Title:Phytochemical Analysis of Cocos nucifera L
    Journal:Journal of Pharmacy Research
    Vol(issue):3 (February)
    Year:2010
    Page No: (280-286)
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    Methodology: Phytochemistry; Macronutrients; Antioxidants.
    Research Materials:Cocos nucifera

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Cocos nucifera; Phytochemistry; Macronutrients; Antioxidants.

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