International Journal of Chemical Studies
Vol. 1, Issue 3 (2013)
Elemental and Phytochemical Screening of Vitex Doniana Leaves and Stem Bark in Hong Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Nigeria
Author(s): K. Tadzabia*, H.M. Maina, O.N. Maitera, A.A. Osunlaja
Abstract: Plant parts are consumed as vegetables or herbs in most of African countries. The study was carried out to determine some elemental and phytochemical contents in Vitex doniana leaves and the stem bark in Hong local Government Area of Adamawa. The samples were collected from 10 locations in the month of April, 2012 and dried under shade. Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS) was used for elemental determination. The results revealed some essential elements (Na, K, Mg and Ca) and heavy metals (Cu, Zn and Cd). Pb was below the detectable limit (0.06 µg/g) of the instrument used. Qualitative method was used for the phytochemical screening. The results obtained showed the presence tannins, alkaloids and saponins. The phytochemicals recorded have medicinal properties while the essential elements are dietary minerals.
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K. Tadzabia*, H.M. Maina, O.N. Maitera, A.A. Osunlaja. Elemental and Phytochemical Screening of Vitex Doniana Leaves and Stem Bark in Hong Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Nigeria. Int J Chem Stud 2013;1(3):150-156.