Phytochemical And Proximate Compositions of Tetracarpidium Conophorum [African Walnut] Seeds.

  • Uchechukwu Chikezie Federal University of Technology Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
  • Nkeiruka Yvonne Federal University of Technology Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
Keywords: Tetracarpidiumconophorum seeds, Phytochemical screening, Proximate analysis, Bioactive compounds, Food nutrients

Abstract

A sample of boiled Tetracarpidiumconophorum (African  walnut) seeds was analyzed for the phytochemical and proximate compositions. The result of the phytochemical [qualitative] screeningrevealed the presence of high concentrations of Alkaloids and Steroids, and moderate concentration of Tannins. There were no traces of Saponins, Phlobotannins, Flavonoids, Phenols and Glycosides. The proximate analysis showed that the boiled seeds contained 5.5% moisture, 19.3% carbohydrate, 17.9% protein, 53.4% crude fat, 1.24% crude fiberand 2.67% ash. Data from thisstudy showedthat theboiled Tetracarpidiumconophorum seeds contain some bioactive compounds and have good nutritional composition. They could be useful in pharmaceutical formulations and as food.

Author Biographies

Uchechukwu Chikezie, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria

Department of Biotechnology. Federal University of Technology Owerri. P. M. B. 1526. Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria

Nkeiruka Yvonne, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria

Department of Biotechnology, Federal University of Technology Owerri, P. M. B. 1526. Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria

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2018-02-28