Journal article

Selected Sri Lankan food plants and other herbs as potential sources of inulin-type fructans

DC Mudannayake, KMS Wimalasiri, KFST Silva, S Ajlouni

JOURNAL OF THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OF SRI LANKA | NATL SCIENCE FOUNDATION SRI LANKA | Published : 2015

Abstract

The objective of this study was to determine the inulin-type fructan content in 20 selected food plants and other herbs commonly found in Sri Lanka. The inulin content of the selected plants were determined qualitatively and quantitatively using thin layer chromatography (TLC) and enzymatic spectrophotometric (ES) methods, respectively. The ES results showed that the inulin-type fructan contents based on fresh weight was highest in Allium sativum (18.62% ± 1.55), followed by Asparagus falcatus (17.74% ± 2.92), Asparagus racemosus (11.8 3% ± 0.87), Allium cepa (8.60% ± 0.88), Allium ampeloprasum (6.20% ± 0.23), Taraxacum javanicum (5.77% ± 1.53) and Vernonia cinerea (4.55% ± 0.93), respective..

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The authors wish to thank Prof. Piyal Marasinghe, Associate Professor, Department of Ayurveda, Sri Lanka for his valuable support in selecting plants for screening. The HETC project, Sri Lanka is acknowledged for funding this research.