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Articles by O.A. Ojiako
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  O.A. Ojiako and C.U. Igwe
  Ripe fruits of Trichosanthes anguina (snake tomato) were subjected to phytochemical and proximate analyses. Hepatotoxic effects of various feeds compounded with fruits and seeds of the plant were also investigated. Twenty-five male rabbits randomly distributed into 5 groups (A-E) of 5 animals each, were respectively fed grower`s mash as the control diet, and raw fruits, cooked fruits, cooked fruits without seeds and cooked seeds respectively for 4 weeks. The levels of serum total (TB) and conjugated (CB) bilirubin, as well as aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activities were spectrophotometrically determined weekly. The presence of saponins, flavonoids, cyanogenic and cardiac glycosides as well as tannins was observed. The proximate and vitamin analyses yielded moisture (93.15±0.05%), carbohydrates (3.48±0.04%), proteins (1.85±0.04%), vitamins C (18.9±0.05 mg 100 mL-1) and A (347.0±0.02 ug 100 mL-1). At the end of the feeding period, groups B and E animals significantly lost 102.5±10.61 g and 47.5±17.59 g of their body weight (p<0.05), while groups C and D animals, non significantly gained 20.0±8.28 g and 25.0±6.12 g (p>0.05) respectively, in relation to the control group. The levels of serum TB, CB, AST, ALT and ALP were all significantly raised in groups B and E animals (p<0.01). However, in groups C and D, only ALP activity was significantly raised (p<0.05), with TB, AST and ALT levels remaining almost normal. The results indicate that T. anguina fruit contains important nutrients and will not be hepatotoxic unless consumed raw or unprocessed. The findings are of nutritional and industrial relevance since the fruit is currently being used in place of tomatoes in many homes in Nigeria.
  O.A. Ojiako , C.U. Igwe , N.C. Agha , C.A. Ogbuji and V.A. Onwuliri
  Flours produced from raw, blanched and boiled seeds of Sphenostylis stenocarpa (African yam bean), Sesamum indicum (Sesame seed), Monodora myristica (Calabash nutmeg) and Afzelia africana (African oak) were evaluated for total protein and amino acid compositions. The results show that the seeds of S. indicum had the highest total protein content (24.74±0.56%) relative to those of S. stenocarpa (18.90±0.35%), M. myristica (12.83±0.40%) and A. africana (9.56±0.12%). The amino acid contents followed the pattern 0.030±0.010 mol/l for S. stenocarpa >0.025±0.005 mol/l for A. africana >0.014±0.003 mol/l for M. myristica >0.010±0.002 mol/l for S. indicum. The seeds were found to be rich in amino acids especially the essential amino acids which relative to the non-essential amino acids had high percentages of 81, 80, 77 and 70% for S. stenocarpa, M. myristica, S. indicum and A. Africana respectively. Boiling significantly (p<0.05) reduced the protein and amino acid contents of all the seeds, while blanching only significantly (p<0.05) reduced the amino acid contents of S. stenocarpa, S. indicum and A. Africana seeds. The results suggest that the seeds are potentially important plant sources of proteins and amino acids especially the essential amino acids necessary for human and livestock nutrition.
  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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