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Abstract

POTENTIALITY OF NUTRITIVE VALUE AND PHYTONUTRIENTS ACTIVITY OF AVICENNEA MARINA – A MANGROVE FRUIT

Ria Halder*

ABSTRACT

There are several types of mangrove sp. are found in Sundarbon area in
West Bengal. Only limited number of plant sp. thrive in mangrove ecosystem.
The sp. like Avicennia alba, A. marina, A. officinalis,
Sonaratia apatala, S. casiolaris, Heritiera fomes are consumed either
as vegetables or beverages. Fruits of Avicenneia marina is popular as
vegetables and it has become very popular around Jharkhali area in
Sundarban and some along coastal area of Gujarat. Main aims and
objectives of the present study to evaluate the potential nutritive value
and phytonutrients activity of Avicennia marina fruit. For
identification of the phytonutrients in Avicennia marina fruits GC-MS analysis process is
used. Several important phytonutrients are found. Among them Quinoline is very important
compound which act as an anti-oxidant also. The findings of this study concluded that the
fruits of Avicennia marina have high nutritive value and had potential bioactive substances
that may be used as pharmaceutical ingredients for formulation of new or prospective potent
drug to cure wide range of metabolic diseases.

Keywords: Mangrove Fruits, Nutritive Value, Phytonutrients, Indian Sundarban.


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