ATOMIC ABSORPTION SPECTROSCOPIC DETERMINATION AND COMPARISON OF SOME MINERAL ELEMENTS IN ULVA RIGIDA C. AG. FROM HARE ISLAND, THOOTHUKUDI, TAMIL NADU, INDIA
Dr. John Peter Paul, J.* and Muthu Sheeba, M
Journal Title:World Journal of Pharmaceutical Research
Seaweeds are potential sources of mineral contents that might
represent useful leads in the development of new pharmaceutical
agents. The present study was aimed to screen the important minerals
such as Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Zinc, Chromium and Lead
using Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer in Ulva rigida C.Ag.
collected from Hare Island, Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India. The
collected plant samples were air dried and digested by wet digestion
method and analysed by Atomic Absorption Spectrometry. The
essential metals and heavy metals in the plant extracts were quantified.
Results obtained in the present study showed that the aqueous extracts
of Ulva rigida C.Ag. investigated contain four essential elements
namely Calcium (50.3084ppm), Magnesium (31.7284ppm), Manganese (0.1008ppm) and
Zinc (0.0081ppm) and two heavy metals that is Chromium (0.0142ppm) and Lead
(0.2946ppm). From the present study, it is concluded that the levels of mineral elements
present in Ulva rigida C.Ag. fall in the permissible range.