Trace elements analysis of Biophytum sensitivum (L.) DC. by EDXRF spectroscopy and its therapeutic role to diabetes mellitus

Kumar, Santhosh S ; Sudarshan, M ; Chakraborty, A

Abstract

Minerals and trace elements have very important functions as they serve as structural components of tissues and also functions in cellular and basal metabolism. An important Ayurvedic medicinal plant, Biophytum sensitivum (L.) DC. was subjected to the analysis of its elemental contents in leaf and root through the EDXRF facility of UGC-DAE CSR, Kolkata centre, India, to develop a stronger basis for appreciating its nutritional and curative effects. The study is a new contribution. Various elements of biological importance for human metabolism were found to be present in different concentrations. The elements Ca, K, Si, Cl, P, and S were found in the highest concentration in leaf, in the descending order, but in the root, K took the leading position. The results have been discussed with reference to the established role of elements in physiology and pathology of human life. Special attention was given in revealing its role in bone building, controlling the sugar level and good wound healing capacity of the patients with diabetes mellitus.

Keyword(s)

Biophytum sensitivum (L.) DC.; Diabetes mellitus; EDXRF; Osteoporosis; Trace elements

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