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Gongronema latifolium is widely used in West Africa for medicinal and nutritional purposes. An infusion of the aerial parts is taken to treat cough, intestinal. Gongronema latifolium Benth. [family ]. Herbarium. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ( K). Collection. Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa. Resource Type. Reference. This study was carried out to investigate and understand the biology, utilization and phytochemical composition of Gongronema latifolium which is a spice plant.

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The seeds are flat with white hairy pappus, The flowers are bisexual, gongrnoema with pale yellow coloured petals and superior ovary. BoxAH Wageningen, Netherlands.

NOTE An occasional liver cleansing and rebuilding therapies are usually recommended to patients who have suffered hepatitis. Journal of Economic and Taxonomic Botany 30 2. Can J Anim Sci. World Journal of Agricultural Sciences 3 5: The fatty acid profile of G. There is little published information on the inhibition of Latifolkum in Cucumeropsis maniiespecially in regard to storage characteristics of its value-added products.

Gongronema latifolium Benth.

Effect of aqueous extract of Gongronema latifolium on some indices of liver function in rats. Information on potential food uses of G. The linoleic acid hydroperoxidation rate followed Michaelis-Menten kinetic equation Figure 1. Results showed that the extracts show no activity against E. New flowers often meet old fruits on the plant. The colour of the fruits varied from green in small fruits to dark brown to black at maturity.

Although, further study to identify the specific mechanism s responsible for some cases whereby the recorded results in this study slightly differ from those of the previous studies is in progress, the differences in the quality and quantity of the chemical constituents of the plant extract may be suggested to be implicated. Collection and analysis of blood: The fifty-six male rats were divided into 2 major diabetic and non-diabetic groups of 28 rats each and 8 4 diabetic and 4 non-diabetic sub-groups of 7 rats each, consisting of one group of control and three test groups.


Biochemistry of Extracellular and Intracellular Communication. Tannins are effective in protecting the kidney and deactivating the effect of poliovirus, herpes simplex virus and various enteric viruses. African Journal of Biotechnology 9 The nutrient information reported in this study would enhance efforts to promote wider use of the plant as part of a broader program aimed at educating local populations on the nutritional benefits of the many wild plants existing in their environment.

Chemical composition and antibacterial activity of Gongronema latifolium

These observations indicated that diabetic condition produces alterations in haematological indices, weight-loss and growth-depression which may be reversed by treatment with GL at mg kg -1 b.

Home Publications Conferences Register Contact. Author information Article notes Copyright and License information Disclaimer. View at Google Scholar S. In Nigeria Gongronema latifolium is sometimes cultivated in order to ensure its continued availability and sustained conservation.

Gongronema latifolium is a flowering plant of the order Gentiales gongronemx the family Apocynaceae, Subfamily Asclepiadaceae, and genus Calotropis. All reagents and chemicals used in this work were of analytical grade.

Health Benefits Of Gongronema latifolium (Utazi)

For mental and physical fatigue Eating plenty of whole pineapple at any time of the day will restore the needed strength. Aside from dietary problems, there is a problem of inadequate intake of plant based foods and all the benefits they bring with them.


Some drugs may bind to plasma albumins. The crude extract from the leaves and vines are mixed with lime juice and drunk to expel worms and dispel stomach upsets and crams.

In Sierra Leone the pliable stems are used as chew sticks. Received Oct 20; Accepted Jan Consequently it causes off-flavour and off-odour in food. Tannins gongronea traditionally been considered as anti-nutritional but it is now known that their beneficial or anti-nutritional properties depend gongtonema their dosage. Alkaloids and phenols are more in the fruits than in the leaves of G. The leaves are used to spice latiffolium brewed beer.

Other analytical grade quality chemicals were purchased from local commercial sources and were freshly prepared latifilium otherwise stated. Methanol extracts were active against S.

Research Journal of Medicinal Plant. The effect of Gongronema latifolium leaf extract on serum lipid profile and oxidative stress of hepatocytes of diabetic rats. Therefore, this report focuses on studies on the inhibitory effects of tannin extract from the leaves of Gongronema latifolium on lipoxygenase from Cucumeropsis manii seeds with a view to contribute to the knowledge that will assist in the processing of the seeds of Cucumeropsis and the leaves of Gongronema latifolium into value-added products.

The total red and white blood cells were counted by the microscopic visual identification methods described by Dacie latirolium Lewis