Effects of containers and duration of storage on the guggulsterone and volatile oils content of guggul
Moni Thomas, Niraj Tripathi, Kailash C Meena, JLN Sastry, GP Kimothi, Sakshee Sharma, Jatin Katna, Dhirendra Khare and Niranjan Prasad
Guggul - an oleo-resin gum of immense medicinal value is tapped from a bushy shrub Commiphora wightii (Arnott) Bhandari distributed in semi-arid and rocky regions in Indian sub continent. C. wightii is an IUCN data deficient plant. Increase in the annual demand of guggul gum to the tune of 1000 metric ton, there is an increase in destructive tapping of C. wightii, which is a serious concern. Generally guggul gum from the site of its tapping to the site of processing or value addition being distantly far off, improper post harvest handling, storage and transport results in qualitative loss of its crucial bio-active compounds. Among the four containers (earthen clay pot, plastic jar, polythene bag and jute bag) evaluated for long term storage of guggul the earthen clay pot was the best in terms of Total Guggulsterone (TG) content. In earthen clay pot the TG of guggul gum was maintained over 1% for four months while Total Volatile Oils (TVO) 1% for nine months. In jute bag TG rapidly deteriorated within one month.
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Moni Thomas, Niraj Tripathi, Kailash C Meena, JLN Sastry, GP Kimothi, Sakshee Sharma, Jatin Katna, Dhirendra Khare, Niranjan Prasad. Effects of containers and duration of storage on the guggulsterone and volatile oils content of guggul. Pharma Innovation 2020;9(1):25-30.