Advances in Chemistry and Biochemistry Sciences
Volume 2 | Issue 4 | Pages 01-08
Vitamin and Mineral content of the leaf extract of Ageratum conyzoides (goat weed)
M. Ekeoma Nwankpa 1*
The Leaf extract of Ageratum conyzoides (goat weed) was analyzed for its Vitamins and Mineral content. The result revealed that the plant contains the vitamins: ascorbic acid (33.36mg/100g), thiamin (0.22mg/100g), riboflavin (0.16mg/100g), niacin (0.07mg/100g) and tocopherol (0.61mg/100g). The mineral concentrations were measured at 5.75mg/100g Zinc, 2.52mg/100g Iron, 0.51mg/100g Calcium, 0.23mg/100g Phosphorus, and 0.11mg/100g Magnesium. The heavy metal Cadmium (Cd) and lead (Pb) were not detected in the sample. The concentration of these vitamins and minerals in A. conyzoides can be attributed to some of its identified properties such as anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-oxidant, anti-allergic, and therapeutic activities that supports its use in herbal medicine.