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Article Number - 1A4842432980


Vol.6(16), pp. 3098-3104 , April 2012
DOI: 10.5897/JMPR11.1264
ISSN: 1996-0875



Full Length Research Paper

Proximate analysis of the resins and leaves of Boswellia sacra


Ahmed Al-Harrasi*, Ahmed Al-Rawahi, Javid Hussain, Najeeb Ur Rehman, Liaqat Ali and Hidayat Hussain




Department of Biological Sciences and Chemistry, University of Nizwa, P. O. Box 33, Postal Code 616, Birkat Al Mauz, Nizwa, Sultanate of Oman.


Email: aharrasi@unizwa.edu.om






 Accepted: 08 November 2011  Published: 30 April 2012

Copyright © 2012 Author(s) retain the copyright of this article.
This article is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0


The analysis of the proximate composition of the leaves and various grades of resins obtained from Boswellia sacra was performed using standard methods of AOAC. The resins and leaves analyzed in this study were found to have the following ranges of the proximate composition: moisture (5.41 to 11.54%), dry matter (88.45 to 94.58%), alcohol soluble extractive (14.09 to 64.84%), ash (1.02 to 6.66%), crude fats (6.90 to 85.36%), nitrogen (0.04 to 0.18%), proteins (0.25 to 1.14%), carbohydrates (13.30 to 74.15%), and energy value (360.80 to 822.53 kcal/100 g). The leaves of B. sacra were found to have higher concentration of ash, fiber, and carbohydrates, but low in fats, energy value, and alcohol extractives as compared to the resins. Unlike leaves, all the resins were found to be excellent source of lipids and consequently higher in energy.

 

Key words: Frankincense, proximate analysis, Boswellia sacra, moisture analyzer, Kjeldahl.


APA (2012). Proximate analysis of the resins and leaves of Boswellia sacra. Journal of Medicinal Plants Research, 6(16), 3098-3104.
Chicago Ahmed Al-Harrasi, Ahmed Al-Rawahi, Javid Hussain, Najeeb Ur Rehman, Liaqat Ali and Hidayat Hussain. "Proximate analysis of the resins and leaves of Boswellia sacra." Journal of Medicinal Plants Research 6, no. 16 (2012): 3098-3104.
MLA Ahmed Al-Harrasi, et al. "Proximate analysis of the resins and leaves of Boswellia sacra." Journal of Medicinal Plants Research 6.16 (2012): 3098-3104.
   
DOI 10.5897/JMPR11.1264
URL http://www.academicjournals.org/journal/JMPR/article-abstract/1A4842432980

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