Phytochemical analysis and thin layer chromatographic studies of Passiflora edulis leaf extracts
Phamiwon ZAS, Sheila John
Plants have been used as traditional medicine for treating and preventing diseases due to the presence of various bioactive compounds. The present study was carried out to examine the presence of phytochemical constituents and perform thin layer chromatography studies of Passiflora edulis leaf extract using two solvents namely Chloroform and Ethyl acetate. The phytochemical analysis of Passiflora Edulis leaf extract reflects the presence of flavonoids, tannins, polyphenols, terpenoids, steroids and alkaloids. Thin layer chromatographic studies of Passiflora edulis leaf extracts constituted different colored phytochemical compounds with different Rf values. The presence of the bioactive compounds may be responsible for antioxidant, hypoglycemic and hypotensive activity thereby justifying its use of the plant as traditional medicine in health treatments.