Nutritional and Antioxidant Study on Seeds of a Folk Plant - Gnetum ula Brongn.

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Journal of Ayurveda Medical Sciences,2019,4,1,xx-xx.
Published:November 2020
Type:Original Article
Author(s) affiliations:

Ramya Krishna KV1, T Shridhara Bairy2, Sunil Kumar KN3, Sudhakar M4

1Department of Dravyaguna, Government Ayurveda College, Kannur, Pariyaram, Kerala, INDIA.

2Department of PG Studies in Dravyaguna, SDM College of Ayurveda, Kuthpady, Udupi, Karnataka, INDIA.

3Research officer Scientist 1-Pharmacognosy, Central Council for Research in Siddha, Ministry of AYUSH, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, INDIA. 4Center for Research in Ayurveda and Allied Sciences, Kuthpady, Udupi, Karnataka, INDIA.


Ayurveda opines that every plant has its own medicinal values, but there are many less explored plants which are not popular though beneficial either as food or as medicine. But this knowledge is passed from tradition to tradition in folk lore practices but within a few groups of a society. One such plant from gymnosperm group is Gnetum ula Brongn. (Gnetaceae) found commonly in and around Udupi. Locally known as kumti beeja. Seeds are roasted or boiled and consumed as food and the seed oil is used in rheumatism by folk practitioners. On account of these utilities of this less explored plant material. The present work aimed in its antioxidant and nutritional assessment. Study revealed seeds contain carbohydrate, protein and fat and proved to be nutritious. Antioxidant activity comparing between fresh and roasted seeds revealed, fresh seeds is having more antioxidant property.