Mineral Composition of Some Fruit, Fruit Tissue and Leafy Vegetables Consumed for Medicinal Purpose in Malatya, Turkey


ASIAN JOURNAL OF CHEMISTRY, cilt.26, ss.2827-2833, 2014 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 26 Konu: 10
  • Basım Tarihi: 2014
  • Doi Numarası: 10.14233/ajchem.2014.15810
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.2827-2833


This study investigates the presence of K, Mg, Al, Fe, Mn, Zn, Cu Se Pb and Cd in the fruit, fruit tissues and leafy vegetable samples frequently consumed for therapeutic purpose in Malatya, located in the region of Eastern Anatolia in Turkey. Microwave digestion procedure for total concentration was applied under optimized conditions for dissolution of plant samples. Element concentrations in plant samples were determined by atomic absorption spectroscopy. The accuracy and precision were verified against leaves certified reference material. The results of this study showed that the average concentrations detected ranged from 114 to 4754.2 mg 100 g(-1), 10 to 637.8 mg 100 g(-1), 1.45 to 92.83 mg 100 g(-1), 0.30 to 61.54 mg 100 g(-1), 0.034 to 20.83 mg 100 g(-1), 0.06 to 6.26 mg 100 g(-1), 0.05 to 1.84 mg 100 g(-1), 8.91 to 351.55 mu g 100 g(-1), 0.60 to 56.10 mu g 100 g(-1) and 0.10 to 6.48 mu g 100 g(-1) for K, Mg, Al, Fe, Mn, Zn, Cu, Pb, Se, Cd, respectively. Most of studied species contains the trace below the permissible limit (FAO/WHO 1984). The study revealed that investigated plant samples are good source of K, Mg, Fe, Mn, Zn, Cu and Se. However, some plant samples such as mint, basil, walnut and quince contained high levels of lead.