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Medicinal Plants - International Journal of Phytomedicines and Related Industries
Year : 2009, Volume : 1, Issue : 1
First page : ( 49) Last page : ( 53)
Print ISSN : 0975-6892.
Article DOI : 10.5958/j.0975-4261.1.1.009

Taxonomic and ethno-biological status of Flacourtia jungomas (Lour.) Raeus.: An endemic nutraceutical plant of Eastern U.P.

Srivastava Deepanjali2, Prabhuji S.K.1,*, Rao G.P.3

1Biotechnology and Molecular Biology Centre, M.G. Postgraduate College, Gorakhpur - 273 001, UP, India.

2Department of Home Science, St. Joseph's College for Women, Gorakhpur - 273 009, UP, India.

3Society for Sugar Research and Promotion, Gorakhpur - 273 008, UP, India.

*Corresponding author: S.K. Prabhuji, E-mail: shaktiprabhuji@rediffmail.com

Abstract

The taxonomic status of Flacourtia jungomas (Lour.) Raeus. has been discussed together with its nutraceutical importance and the important biochemicals isolated there from. The ripe fruits have high fiber content together with good protein content, low fat and higher amount of monosaturated fatty acids as compared to polysaturated fatty acids. It contains significant amount of β-carotene followed by rutein + zeaxanthene, retinol and phylloquinone (Vit K) which are important in the regulation of haemoglobin and fibrinogen in human body. Besides these, ascorbic avid (Vit. C) and niacin are also present in significant amounts. Ripe fruits contain good amount of potassium which has a definite role in regulation of blood pressure followed by phosphorus and magnesium having their role in controlling osteoporosis.

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Keywords

Flacourtia jungomas, taxonomic status, nutraceutical, biochemicals, active principles.

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