African Journal of
Pharmacy and Pharmacology

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pharm. Pharmacol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0816
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPP
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 2165

Full Length Research Paper

Mineral analysis of Phoenix dactylifera L. leaves by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy

Kahkashan Perveen*, Najat A. Bokhari, Iram Siddique, Iffat Siddiqui and Dina A. W. Soliman
Department of Botany and Microbiology, King Saud University, P. O. Box 22452, Riyadh-11495, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 13 July 2012
  •  Published: 31 October 2012


Phoenix dactylifera L. (date palm) is well known for its innumerable health benefits and nutritional values. However, utilization of leaves as a source of element supplement has not been yet explored. Thus, the present study was aimed to employ inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES) for the determination of macro and micro nutrients present in the leaves of three varieties (Rothana, Barhee and Sukri) of P. dactylifera. The results revealed that the date palm leaves, depending upon the variety contain significant but quite variable amounts of macro as well as micro elements. Varieties Barhee, Sukri and Rothana had calcium in abundance while var. Sukri and Barhee also had significantly high level of potassium (K). Positive correlation was observed between sodium (Na) and K (r = 0.868), iron (Fe) and zinc (Zn) (r = 0.945) in var. Barhee, Sukri and Rothana. Thus, it may be concluded that date palm leaves of three varieties of P. dactylifera have the potential to provide significant level of essential nutrients to human beings and thus, can cure various diseases.


Key words: Phoenix dactylifera, mineral analysis, macronutrients, micronutrients

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