International Journal of Life Sciences Biotechnology and Pharma Research
July, 2013 Hyderabad, India
PHYTOCHEMICAL ANALYSIS OF PAW-PAW (CARICA PAPAYA) LEAVES
Ikeyi Adachukwu P1*, Ogbonna Ann O1 and Eze Faith U1
Phytochemicals are chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants. They are characterized by multilateral pharmacological activity and broad spectrum of therapeutic actions. The qualitative phytochemical analysis of Carica papaya leaves showed the presence of alkaloid, flavonoid, Saponin, Tannin and Glycosides [Kit for Cancer]. The qualitative test was justified by their color changes with their various reagents.
It is therefore, concluded that Carica papaya leaves contain Alkaloid, Saponin, Tannin, Glycoside and Flavonoids [Kit for Cancer] and this is in agreement with the work of [Willson et al., 2007]. Also, from the result, it can be deduced that phytochemicals can be extracted more when the leaves are dried and pulverized to powered form. To this, it then means that phytochemicals can be made available commercially. The study has shown that Carica papaya can be seen as a potential source of useful food and drug items.