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Title: Nutritive value of some indigenous plant rhizomes resembling Ginger
Authors: Indrayan, A K
Agrawal, Pragya
Rathi, Anuj K
Shatru, Ajat
Agrawal, Nitin K
Tyagi, Durvesh K
Keywords: Alpinia galanga
Alpinia calcarata
Alpinia officinarum
Alpinia speciosa
Alpinia zerumbet
Kaempferia galanga
Antimicrobial activity
Mineral elements
Nutritive value
Trace elements
Zingiberaceae
Issue Date: Oct-2009
Publisher: CSIR
IPC CodeInt. cl.8 — A61K 36/906, A61K 125/00, A61P 31/00, A23L 1/00, A23L 1/29
Abstract:  Rhizomes of certain Ginger like species, viz. Alpinia officinarum Hance, A. galanga Willd., A. zerumbet (Pers.) Burtt & R M Smith (syn. A. speciosa K. Schum.), A. calcarata Rosc. and Kaempferia galanga Linn. have high medicinal value belonging to family Zingiberaceae. These rhizomes have a good nutritive value also (350.9 Cal per 100 g) and are quite rich in protein and carbohydrate, but low in fat. Rhizomes of A. officinarum, A. zerumbet and A. calcarata have high iron content with a moderate and balanced content of carbohydrate, protein, fat and crude fibre. Rhizomes of A. galanga are lowest in fat content but richest in carbohydrate. A. calcarata is lowest in Mn, Ni and K but richest in Ca and Na. Study shows the biologically important metals Cr, Mn, Cu, Zn, Ca and Na to be sufficient in rhizomes of K. galanga. All these studied materials have a moderate to good antimicrobial activity.
Page(s): 507-513
ISSN: 0975-1092(Online); 0972-592X(Print)
Source:NPR Vol.8(5) [September-October 2009]

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