Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry
Vol. 3, Issue 2 (2014)
Evaluation of nutritional, phytochemical, antioxidant and antibacterial activity of exotic fruit â€œLimonia acidissimaâ€
Shipra Pandey, Gouri Satpathy, Rajinder K. Gupta
Limonia acidissima (L.), Wood-Apple, is an underexploited and edible fruit of family Rutacaewhich can be consumed either in raw or ripe form. In northern parts of India, which is locally called Kaitha. In the present work, we have attempted to study different characteristics of pulp and rind (outer shell) of Kaitha fruit, to understand its health benefits. Various studies were done to estimate phytochemicals like alkaloids, saponins, flavonoids, total phenolics. Nutritional analysis of pulp proved it to be a potential source of energy, proteins, dietary fiber, vitamins; ascorbic acid, thiamine, riboflavin, and betacarotene and minerals; phosphorous, magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc. The extracts displayed a moderate antioxidant activity. The pulp exhibited good antibacterial activity against gram positive bacteria. This study demonstrates that L. acidissima fruits may be used as nutraceuticals for disease prevention and health promoting benefits.
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Shipra Pandey, Gouri Satpathy, Rajinder K. Gupta. Evaluation of nutritional, phytochemical, antioxidant and antibacterial activity of exotic fruit â€œLimonia acidissimaâ€. J Pharmacogn Phytochem 2014;3(2):81-88.