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Phytochemicals and selected mineral constituents of Phaseolus vulgaris pods

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Jos
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  • Phaseolus Vulgaris
  • Antihyperglycemic Activity
  • Mineral Elements.
  • Chemistry


The aqueous extract of Phaseolus vulgaris pods was screened for its phytochemical constituents. Selected mineral elements were also determined. Standard procedures were adopted for the phytochemical screening. Flame photometry and atomic absorption spectrophotometry was employed for mineral analysis. Alkaloids, cardiac glycoside, flavonoid, saponin, tannin and terpenoid were present in the Phaseolus vulgaris pods. Mineral analysis revealed the presence of potassium (23.25mg/L) as well as iron, magnesium, sodium and zinc in considerable quantities. Presence of some phytochemicals and mineral elements in Phaseolus vulgaris pods explains its antihyperglycemic activity.Keywords: Phaseolus vulgaris; Antihyperglycemic activity; Mineral elements.

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