"QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE PHYTOCHEMICAL ANALYSIS OF COCOS NUCIFERA L. INFLORESCENCE"

Authors

Anitha C & Dr. P.A. Mary Helen, Assistant Professor (Research Supervisor)
Malankara Catholic College, Mariagiri, Kaliakkavilai, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, 629153, India,
Affliation to Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Abishekapatti, Tirunelveli -627 012, Tamil Nadu, India.

Abstract

All human beings require a number of complex organic/inorganic compounds in diet to meet the need for their activities. The important constituents of diet are carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and water. Every constituent plays an important role and deficiency of any one constituent may lead to abnormal developments in the body. Plants are the rich source of all the elements essential for human beings. The phytochemical screening of Cocos nucifera L. was studied. The aim of the study was to determine the phytochemical constituents of the inflorescence of Cocos nucifera L. such as petroleum ether, chloroform and methanol extracts. The qualitative analyses carried out on the inflorescence showed the presence of steroids, terpenoids, phenolics, tannins, saponins, carbohydrates, aminoacids and proteins. The quantitative analysis was carried out using total phenolic and flavanoid content.The methanolic extract showed the high amount total phenolic and flavanoid content. The results obtained showed that Cocos nucifera inflorescence extracts have intresting pharmacological active compounds and used in ethnomedicine for treatment of some infections and ailments.