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Journal of Biological Sciences
  Year: 2009 | Volume: 9 | Issue: 4 | Page No.: 377-380
DOI: 10.3923/jbs.2009.377.380
 
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Nutritional and Antimicrobial Properties of Ocimum gratissimum Leaves
Fred O.J. Oboh, Honeybell I. Masodje and Stephen A. Enabulele

Abstract:
Fresh green Ocimum gratissimum leaves were analysed for protein content, moisture, ash, minerals and antimicrobial activity. The fresh leaves had a moisture content of 81.35%, a protein content of 1.21% and an ash content of 0.57%. On a fresh weight basis mineral content was as follows: phosphorus 52.4, selenium 0.007, iron 7.9 and zinc 1.5 μg g-1. An aqueous extract of the leaves inhibited the growth of the gram positive bacterium Staphylococcus aureus and the gram negative bacterium Escherichia coli. The nutritional implications of the results are discussed.
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How to cite this article:

Fred O.J. Oboh, Honeybell I. Masodje and Stephen A. Enabulele, 2009. Nutritional and Antimicrobial Properties of Ocimum gratissimum Leaves. Journal of Biological Sciences, 9: 377-380.

DOI: 10.3923/jbs.2009.377.380

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jbs.2009.377.380

 
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