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Articles by C.O. Ujowundu
Total Records ( 2 ) for C.O. Ujowundu
  C.O. Ujowundu , C.U. Igwe , V.H.A. Enemor , L.A. Nwaogu and O.E. Okafor
  Aqueous leaf extracts of Boerhavia diffusa and Commelina nudiflora were evaluated for nutritional and anti-nutritional compositions. The results showed that both vegetables contained saponins, alkaloids and flavonoids. The proximate and vitamin compositions of B. diffusa and C. nudiflora included mainly moisture (82.22% and 88.63%), carbohydrate (10.56% and 5.67%), vitamin C (44.80 and 41.60mg/100g dry weight), vitamin B3 (97.00 and 66.20mg/100g) and vitamin B2 (22.00 and 8.70mg/100g) respectively. The mineral contents of the defatted leaf extracts were found to be Na (162.50 and 75.55mg/100g), Ca (174.09 and 240.00mg/100g) and Mg (8.68 and 6.63mg/100g) for B. diffusa and C. nudiflora respectively. Iodine was detected at 0.002mg/100g in B. diflusa leaf extract only. The proximate, vitamin and mineral compositions obtained suggest that the leaves, as cheap sources of vitamins C, B3 and B2, as well as other macro-and micro-nutrients, can be incorporated into human and animal diet to meet their recommended daily allowances. The content of flavonoids and vitamin C in the leaf extracts also suggests possible anti-oxidant effects of these leafy vegetables.
  O.A. Ojiako , C.O. Ujowundu , C.S. Alisi , C.U. Igwe and C.A. Ogbuji
  Objective: The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of some seafood diets on some important biochemical parameters with a view to recommending them for inclusion in the daily diets of resource-constrained persons who are hapless victims of the deadly collision of malnutrition and a flotilla of communicable diseases prevalent in a tropical country like Nigeria. Methodology: Adult rabbits were placed into six dietary groups with the positive control fed normal commercial rabbit diet while the diets of the five treated groups were supplemented with Cambarellus diminutus (crayfish) Cardisoma armatum (crab), Tympanotonus fuscatus (periwinkle), Ergeria radiata (clam) and a combination of the four, respectively. Serum lipids, proteins and electrolytes of the rabbits were estimated after 28 days of feeding. Results: The results showed that supplementation of normal feed with seafoods had positive health outcomes based on the biochemical parameters assesed. Conclusion: Seafoods could be utilized in dietary modifications to improve the nutritional need of the human and animals and to lower plasma cholesterol concentration.
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