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1 Central Research Laboratory The Federal University of Technology, Akure-Nigeria

2 Department of Science Technology, Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti

3 Central Research Laboratory The Federal University of Technology-Akure Nigeria



Raphia taedigera seed is an underutilized seed with several bioactive compounds that have the tendency to regulate metabolic processes in other to promote healthy living. In this present study, sixteen bioactive compounds were identified in the Raphia taedigera seed oil using Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). GC-MS revealed the presence of Hexadecanoic acid, methyl ester (0.31 %), n-Hexadecanoic acid (7.15 %), trans-13-Octadecenoic acid methyl esters (0.91 %), Oleic acid (10.83), Octadecanoic acid (10.23 %), cis-13-Octadecenoic acid (2.75 %), 6-Octadecenoic (3.26 %), Cis-vaccenic acid (1.94 %), Palmitoyl chloride (2.82 %), Trans-13-Octadecenoic acid (1.78), 9,12-Octadecadienoic acid (1.54 %), 4,4,6a,6b,8a,11,11,14b-Octamethyl-1,4,4a,5,6,6a,6b,7,8,8a,9,10,11,12,12a,14,14a,14b-octadecahydro-2H-picen-3-one (7.29 %), 3-Methoxymethoxy-2,3-dimethylundec-1-ene (8.88 %), Cyclohexanecarboxylic acid (2.00 %), undecylester, Beta.-Amyrin (8.31 %) and Lup-20(29)-en-3-one (27.28 %). The results show the potential of the seed oil as an anti inflammatory, anti-leishmanial, anti-cancer, antioxidant, antifungal and hypocholesterolemic.

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