Determination of the Percent Composition and Mineral Content of the Leaves of the Insulin Plant (Cissus sicyoides) with the Goal of Including it in the Usual Diet
Armando U. O. Sabaa-Srur,
Patricia de C. Junqueira,
Marcia C. da Silva.
Leaves from the insulin plant (Cissus sicyoides) were analyzed and found to have 89.08±1.87% water,
1.85±0.05% protein and 0.83±0.02% lipid. The lipid fraction has a high percentage of linolenic acid, an essential fatty
acid. The fatty acid composition was 35.1% linolenic, 16.0% linoleic, 5.2% oleic, 26.3% palmitic, 7.7% stearic acids and
3.4% unidentified fatty acids. The quantity of ash was of 1.35±0.04%. By difference, the level of carbohydrate was
6.89%. The most minerals were calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium and selenium, at concentrations of 50501,
4644, 21.2, 11161 and 0.24 mg/kg, respectively.
Keywords: Cissus sicyoides, insulin, diabetes, linolenic acid, plants, rheamatism, macerated, lipids, proteins, carbohydrates
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