CHARACTERIZATION OF GMG-ITC ISOLATED FROM AERIAL PARTS OF MORINGA OLEIFERA TREE
Isothicyanate is a major bioactive compound in Moringa oleifera Lam. There are numerous literatures that report the therapeutic effects of isothiocyanates. It is for this reason that the local consumption of the plant is increasing. In the current study, we devised a rapid protocol for the extraction of ITC from the aerial parts of M. oleifera and also determined the plant part with the highest yield. The purity of the ITCs was confirmed by High Performance Liquid Chromatography analysis. Our findings revealed that the seeds contain the highest proportion of isothiocyanate. This implies that the seeds of M. oleifera could serve as invaluable feedstock for large scale extraction of the ITCs for pharmaceutical and food industries.