Elemental Analysis in Unripe Fruit of Aegle Marmelos L. using ICP-MS Technique
Aegle marmelos (L.) is a medicinally important plant of the family rutaceae. It is native to India, where it is also known as Bael. Aegle marmelos L. unripe fruit has been used in traditional medicine to treat numerous diseases. The main objective of this study was to analyze the concentration of essential elements from Aegle marmelos (L.) unripe fruit for understanding its nutritive and medicinal values by using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS) technique. Twenty seven elements like Li, Be, B, Mg, Al, P, K, Ca, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Se, Mo, Ag, Cd, Sn, Ba, Pb, Hg, Bi, S, Na were screened. The minerals are categorized into major, minor and trace elements on the basis of the amount needed for human body. In this investigation concentration of microelements were less than concentration of macroelements. Some heavy elements like Beryllium, Sulphur, Tin was not detected in Aegle marmelos L. unripe fruit. The elements present in medicinal plant plays vital role in the treatment of various diseases as described in Ayurveda. In the present study, rich source of essential elements were observed in Aegle marmelos (L.) unripe fruit which can be used in the different formulations to treat various diseases.
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