Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3626

Full Length Research Paper

Free radical scavenging activity, phytochemical composition and nutrient analysis of Elaeagnus umbellata berry

Khanzadi Fatima Khattak
Food Science Division, Nuclear Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA), P. O. Box. 446, Peshawar, Pakistan
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 20 September 2011
  •  Published: 10 October 2012


Elaeagnus umbellata is a deciduous shrub widely distributed in the Himalayan regions of Pakistan. The reddish berries of the plant are edible and very delicious. In the present study, the berries of the plant were investigated for proximate composition, mineral content, physicochemical characteristics, 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging activity and selected phytochemicals. The results showed that the fruit of E. umbellatacontained 71.4% moisture, 2.9% ash, 4.0% protein, 2.3% crude fat, 5.9% fiber and 13.6% nitrogen free extract. The nutritive value of the fresh berry was 90.8 kcal/100 g. The berry contained 27.8 mg/100 g of vitamin C. The plant showed striking DPPH scavenging activity and the phytochemical analysis revealed that it contained 23.3, 3.6, 19.9, 126.5, 12.6 and 21.2 mg/g of phenolic, flavonoid, carotenoid, tannin, alkaloid and saponin contents, respectively. In short, this study showed that E. umbellata is a good source of various nutrients and antioxidant compounds, and it can be beneficial to consumer’s health.


Key words: Elaeagnus umbellata, phytochemical composition, proximate analysis, mineral contents, extraction yields, free radical scavenging activity.

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