Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry
Vol. 2, Issue 2 (2013)
Nutraceutical Properties of Prosopis cineraria (L.) Druce Pods: A Component of â€œPanchkutaâ€
Shruti Malik, Sonia Mann, Deepika Gupta, Rajinder K Gupta
Prosopis cineraria (L.) Druce is a tree endemic to hot deserts of India, belonging to the family Leguminosae. Pods locally called â€œSangriâ€ are considered as dry fruit of desert and are one of the main ingredients of quintessential Rajasthani dish - The Panchkuta. In the present work, we have attempted to study different characteristics of the pods, to understand its health benefits. Sangri pods were studied for various phytochemicals like alkaloids, saponins, tannins, flavanoids, flavanols and total phenolics. As this plant is found in water stress (or deficient area) so antioxidant potential of pods has also been investigated. Acetone and methanol extracts of Sangri pods are the most potent bioactive extracts. Nutritional analysis shows it as a good source of proteins and minerals like calcium, sodium and potassium. This study demonstrates that P. cineraria pods may be employed as nutraceutical food with rich nutrition, disease prevention and health promoting effects..
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Shruti Malik, Sonia Mann, Deepika Gupta, Rajinder K Gupta. Nutraceutical Properties of Prosopis cineraria (L.) Druce Pods: A Component of â€œPanchkutaâ€. J Pharmacogn Phytochem 2013;2(2):66-73.