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2011 (Vol. 3, Issue: 5)
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Evaluation of Elemental Contents of Wild Mango (Irvingia gabonensis) Fruit in Ghana

J.E. Ayivor, S.K. Debrah, C. Nuviadenu and A. Forson
Corresponding Author:  J.E. Ayivor 

Key words:  Endocarp, INAA, Irvingia gabonensis, mesocarp, seed, ,
Vol. 3 , (5): 381-384
Submitted Accepted Published
2011 August, 19 2011 September, 25 2011 November, 25

A preliminary study to provide information on the elemental composition of the Irvingia gabonensis which is used for various purposes such as cooking, medicine, soap and as fresh fruit was conducted in Ghana. Elements determined includes Aluminium (Al), Arsenic (As), Chlorine (Cl), Cobalt (Co), Copper (Cu), Iron (Fe), Iodine (I), Potassium (K), Magnesium (Mg), Manganese (Mn), Sodium (Na), and Zinc (Zn). Samples from multiple locations in the southern part of Ghana were analyzed using Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA). The seed cover (endocarp) presented the highest concentrations of all the elements except Mg and Cu. Toxic and potentially toxic elements including Al and As were detected at average concentrations of 37.781.36 and 9.340.66. Iron had the hight concentration in all the parts of the fruit analyzed in this study with its highest concentration at 1730180.83 in the seed coat (endocarp) of the wild mango fruit. The results of this present investigation show that all the parts of the wild mango a rich source of many important elements that have a very positive effect on human health.
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J.E. Ayivor, S.K. Debrah, C. Nuviadenu and A. Forson, 2011. Evaluation of Elemental Contents of Wild Mango (Irvingia gabonensis) Fruit in Ghana.  Advance Journal of Food Science and Technology, 3(5): 381-384.
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