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Unformatted text preview: to caprolactam over the catalyst have been investigated. The studies reveal that activity and selectivity are above 99 % to ε -caprolactam in the Beckmann rearrangement of cyclohexanone oxime under mild reaction condition. 164 3rd ICYC 2010 Universiti Sains Malaysia 23rd-25th June 2010 ORAL PRESENTATION (NATURAL PRODUCT) NAT-O1 PHYTOCHEMICALS SCREENING AND GALACTAGOGUE EFFECTS OF BANANA FLOWER ( MUSA X PARADISIACA ABBB) EXTRACT ON LACTATING RATS 1 Azizah Mahmood, Muhammad Nor Omar and Nurziana Ngah 2 2 1 Polytechnic of Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, Food Technology Department, 25352 Semambu, Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia 2 International Islamic University Malaysia, Kulliyyah of Science, 25200 Indera Mahkota, Ku antan, Pahang, Malaysia E-mail: azizahjtm@hotmail.com Some plants are known to have high level of phytochemical constituents that promote lactation (galactagogue) for nursing mothers (Goyal, et,al, 2003, Okasha, et.al, 2008). Herbal galactagogues are recommended by practitioners of the traditional systems of medicine for increasing milk secretion in lactating women in several parts of the world. The research was aim to find out phytochemical constituents in banana flower of pisang abu siam (Musa x paradisiaca - ABBB) extract on the effect of galactagogue in lactating rats. Taking into consideration the fact that banana flower is a common plant and considered completely safe and used for centuries both in nutrition and herbal tradition worldwide, the compounds would not have significant side effects and presents no health hazards for users. Lactating rats in treatment groups were fed with plant extract while mothers in control group were given an equivalent amount of distilled water start from day 5 through d ay 14. Sample was administered via oral animal feeding tubes. Milk production was estimated from Day 6 through Day 15 of lactation by isolating the litters (size six) from the dam for 6 hr daily, then weighing the litter before and after 60 minutes of suckling. The study showed that rats that wer...
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