Comparative studies on nutritional analysis and phytochemical screening of Bombax ceiba bark and seeds powder
Ekta Singh Chauhan, Akriti Singh and Anamika Tiwari
The work describes in this paper details the nutritional and phytochemical analysis of bark powder and seeds powder of Bombax ceiba. It is a member of family Bombacacea which is commonly known as Silk Cotton Tree. It is used by various tribal communities and forest dwellers for the treatment of variety ailments as it have a various medicinal property. The proximate analysis of Bombax ceiba was carried out to find out the presence of ash, moisture, protein, fiber and fat. The preliminary phytochemical screening of petroleum ether, methanol, chloroform and water extract of barks and seed powder of Bombax ceiba have been carried out for the various phyto-constituents. Many chemical compounds have been isolated from the different extracts of Bombax ceiba bark and seed powder such as tannin, saponni, alkaloids, glycosides and phenolic compounds etc. along with the presence of nutrients. The compounds isolated from this plant possess very important biological activities including immunomodulatory, cytotoxic, antineoplastic, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, hypotensive, hypolipidemic, antihyperglycemic and antioxidant.