TITLE

IN VITRO ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY, NUTRITIONAL PROFILE AND PHYTOCHEMICAL SCREENING OF WILD EDIBLE FRUIT OF GARHWAL HIMALAYA (FICUS AURICULATA)

AUTHOR(S)
Saklani, Sarla; Chandra, Subhash
PUB. DATE
January 2012
SOURCE
International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences Review & Resear;Jan/Feb2012, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p61
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The various fractions of Ficus auriculata were screened for in vitro Antibacterial, Antifungal activity, Nutritional Evaluation and Phytochemical Screening. The plant edible fruit content nutrients such as crude protein 5.32%, carbohydrates 27.09%, crude fiber 16.96% and ash content 3.7% and minerals as calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus (1.35, 0.90, 2.11 and 0.28 mg/100gm) respectively. The ethanolic fruit extracts of Ficus auriculata showed significant activity 14±1mm, 13±1mm and 12±1mm against Shigella flexneri, Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus epidermidis against food poisoning bacteria, and phytochemical screening for the presence of glycosides, flavonoids, phenols, resin and tannins. However, alkaloids were absent. This analysis revealed that, the fruits contained higher value of fat, protein, fiber and minerals as compared to the cultivated fruits with apple and mango. Ficus auriculata fruits contain sufficient amount of nutrients, required per day by a person. Consumption of fruits may promote general health and well-being as well as reduce the risk of chronic diseases. These findings confirm that the Ficus auriculata may be potential source for the formulation of nutraceuticals or natural foods.
ACCESSION #
87366659

 

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