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Year : 2017   |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 186-189

Nutritional study of some medicinal plants as a possible source of feed material

Objective: The objective is to study the evaluation of nutritive value of Berberis lycium, Citrullus colocynthis, and Plumbago zeylanica. Materials and Methods: The nutritional composition of the plants was determined using ultraviolet visible spectroscopy and chemical assay methods. Two lots of each plant in duplicate were evaluated for the parameters protein, fiber, fat, carbohydrate, calcium, and phosphorus. Results: B. lycium was found to contain protein content 8.8–10.0%, fiber 36.65–40.05%, carbohydrate 18.36–20.62%, calcium 0.37–0.44%, total ash 4.5–5.2%, and phosphorus 0.54–0.94, whereas C. colocynthis has the protein content 13.72–14.65%, fiber 33–38%, carbohydrate 11.04–13.9%, total ash 17–19%, calcium 0.5–0.73%, and phosphorus 0.97–1.31. P. zeylanica was found to contain protein content 4.99–5.3%, fiber 33–38%, carbohydrate 10.96–13.46%, total ash 8.41–8.85%, calcium 1.3–1.48%, and phosphorus 0.21%. Conclusion: These medicinal plants show high nutritive value and could be a potential source of feed material for animal health care.
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