Vol. 2, Issue 10 (2015)
Physicochemical and Nutrient Analysis of Linseed (Linum Usitatissimum) Powder
Author(s): S. Parameshwari, P. Nazni
Abstract: Physical evaluation of drugs is an important parameter in detecting adulteration or improper handling of drugs. There is increasing awareness and general acceptability of the use of herbal drugs in today’s medical practice. The nutrients essential for life are proteins, fat and carbohydrates, all contribute tocaloric content of the dietary, minerals including trace elements, vitamins and water. Numerous studies including same in man have demonstrated clearly that life may be sustained by nutrient mixtures. In the present study to examine the physicochemical and nutrient analysis of Linseed (Linum usitatissimum) powder. The physical characteristics shows that Length of the seed (5.30mm), Breadth of the seed (2.58mm), Width of the seed (1.20mm), Thousand grain weight (8.17g), Thousand grain volume (8.4ml) and Hydration capacity and index (26.94g). Significant amount of Carbohydrate, Protein, Fibre, Calcium Iron and Vitamin C were found to be raw, autoclaved, boiled and roasted linseed powder. The results of the present study concluded that raw, autoclaved, boiled and roasted linseed powder has good nutrient values.