Preliminary phytochemical screening of ethanolic seed extract of Theobroma cacao (L.) and Coffee arabica (L.)
International Journal of Current Research and Academic Review
In the present study, laboratory evaluations were made to quantitatively assess primary metabolites and secondary metabolites in ethanolic seed extracts of Theobroma cacao and Coffee arabica. Primary metabolites like total soluble carbohydrates, proteins, total amino acids and secondary metabolites such as flavonoids, total phenols, alkaloids and tannins were estimated using standard procedures. Quantitative analysis is very essential for identifying the compounds present in the medicinal
... the medicinal plants. The results obtained from the present study provides evidence that ethanolic seed extracts of Theobroma cacao and Coffee arabica contains various primary and secondary metabolites and this justifies the use of plant species as traditional medicine for treatment of various diseases. The finding of this study suggests that these seed extracts could be a potential source of natural antioxidant that could have great importance as therapeutic agents in preventing various diseases. The results are very much encouraging but scientific validation is necessary before being put into practice.