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COMPARATIVE L-DOPA AND ANTI-NUTRITIONAL CONTENTS IN SEED MATERIALS OF MARKET SAMPLES OF MUCUNA PRURIENS (L) DC

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Author(s): Vijayambika C | Jegadeesan M | Ganthi A. Saravana

Journal: International Journal of Research in Ayurveda and Pharmacy
ISSN 2229-3566

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 480;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: Anti-nutrition | L-DOPA | Mucuna pruriens

ABSTRACT
Mucuna pruriens (L.) DC. (Papilionaceae) is used in male impotency, as aphrodisiac, in sexual debility, and as nervine tonic. It also possesses anti-parkinson property, possibly due to the presence of L-DOPA. Market samples of ‘Atmagupta’ (Mucuna pruriens (L.) DC) an Indian Ayurvedic and Siddha drug contain seeds of seven taxa. The dried powders of commercial and genuine samples were analysed for anti-nutritional factors and L–DOPA content. Raw M. deeringiana seeds were rich in Tannin, Hydrogen cyanide and Phytic acid. M. utilis seeds were rich in Phenol. Results showed high L-DOPA content in M. deeringiana and Canavalia ensiformis showed minimum L – DOPA content. The present findings also suggest that the commercial samples contains different concentration of Anti-nutritional and L-DOPA content.
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