Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research (ISSN : 0975-7384)

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Original Articles: 2012 Vol: 4 Issue: 3

Physico-chemical Composition and lipid classes of Aegle marmelos( Bael )and Citrullus colocynthis( Tumba) Seed Oils.


Aegle marmelos ( Bael) and Citrullus colocynthis (Tumba,) seeds Belonging to the Rutacaeae and Cucurbitaceae families, which have medicinal properties, were extracted with n- hexane and Chloroform:Methanol (2:1) (v/v) to yield the oils and total lipids respectively. The seed oils were examined for physical and chemical characteristics. GLC analysis of their fatty acid methyl esters showed the presence of palmitic, stearic,oleic, linoleic and linolenic acids in appreciable quantities. TLC analysis of the total lipids showed the major lipid classes to be neutral lipids , glyco lipids, phospho lipids and sterol lipids, identity of which was further confirmed by applying specific color reactions.