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Scirj Volume VII, Issue I, January 2019 Edition
ISSN: 2201-2796

ASSESSING THE ZINC CONCENTRATION IN FRUIT AND SEED OF SOME CUCURBITACEAE GROWN IN NIGERIA

Ogbuanu, C.C. and Eneh, O.C.

Abstract: Information-poor countries experience inadequate food supplements, such as zinc due to lack of information and poverty. Zinc content of fruit and seed of Cucurbitaceae family was studied using Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS). The result showed higher concentrations (mg/kg) of zinc in seeds (pumpkin 82.06 ± 0.033, cucumber 65.04 ± 0.025, water melon 39.97 ± 0.016 and cucumis melon 30.62 ± 0.020) than in fresh fruits (pumpkin 1.82 ± 0.027, cucumber 0.83 ± 0.017, water melon 0.47 ± 0.005 and cucumis melon 0.40 ± 0.010). Since the seeds of pumpkin, cucumber, water melon and cucumis melon were very good sources of zinc, the study recommended their increased consumption to help protect against prostate enlargement, maintain a regular sperm count, mobility and regular level of testosterone and activate many enzymes in every organ in the body.

Reference this Paper: ASSESSING THE ZINC CONCENTRATION IN FRUIT AND SEED OF SOME CUCURBITACEAE GROWN IN NIGERIA by Ogbuanu, C.C. and Eneh, O.C. published at: "Scientific Research Journal (Scirj), Volume VII, Issue I, January 2019 Edition, Page 38-40 ".

Search Terms: Cucurbitaceae, Zinc, Seed, Fruit

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