Biochemical studies with a view to assess the nutritional
potentials of Anisopus mannii were carried out by evaluating the
proximate composition, mineral elements and anti-nutritional content of
the plant. The results showed that the total oxalates, free cyanides,
tannins and total cyanides were found to be present at 0.70 Â± 0.5,
6.50 Â± 0.41, 10.55 Â± 0.01 and 12.41 Â± 7.19%, respectively.
However, concentration of phytate was very low (0.017 Â± 0.00%).
Proximate compositions of the plant showed a rich source of crude protein
(8.40 Â± 0.17%), fats (8.67 Â± 0.63%), carbohydrates (72.57
Â± 0.68%) and total ash (10.36 Â± 0.22%). The plant was also
found to contain the following essential minerals: potassium (1700 mg/100
g), calcium (1280 mg/100 g), iron (156 mg/100 g), vanadium (102 mg/100
g), chromium (53.90 mg/100 g), zinc (0.874 mg/100 g), copper (1.43 mg/100
g) and manganese (36.60 mg/100 g). The results of this research indicated
that Anisopus mannii has nutritional qualities that could provide
the users with additional nutrients for enhanced curative process of ill
A.B. Aliyu, A.M. Musa, M.S. Sallau and A.O. Oyewale, 2009. Proximate Composition, Mineral Elements and Anti-Nutritional Factors of Anisopus mannii N.E.Br. (Asclepiadaceae). Trends in Applied Sciences Research, 4: 68-72.