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Title: Physicochemical characterization, fatty acid and Tocopherol content of Moringa ovalifolia (African Moringa) oil from Namibia
Authors: Cheikhyoussef, Natascha 
Kandawa-Schulz, Martha 
Böck, Ronnie 
De Koning, Charles 
Cheikhyoussef, Ahmad 
Muhammad, Umar Badeggi 
Hussein, Ahmed A 
Keywords: Namibia;Moringa ovalifolia;Seed oil;Physicochemical characterization;Fatty acids;Oleic acid
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Wiley
Source: Cheikhyoussef, N., Kandawa-Schulz, M., Böck, R. et al. 2018. Physicochemical characterization, fatty acid and Tocopherol content of Moringa ovalifolia (African Moringa) oil from Namibia. Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society, 95: 1163–1170. []
Journal: Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society 
Abstract: Moringa ovalifolia tree is indigenous to Namibia and is a multipurpose tree whose leaves, pods, fruits, and flowers are edible. The tree is well adapted to the harsh climatic conditions of the region and easily cultivated. In this paper, we investigate the physicochemical characteristics of the oil extracted from M. ovalifolia seeds collected from Remhoogte Farm, Khomas region, Namibia. The oil yield was 34.86 2.47%. The oil contained a high level of monounsaturated fatty acids, with oleic acid (18:1) being the dominant one. The oil had high levels of tocopherol, with a total of 44.56 mg 100 g−1 of oil, comprising α-tocopherol (33.94 mg 100 g−1 ), β-tocopherol (6.64 mg 100 g−1 ), and δ-tocopherol (3.98 mg 100 g−1 ). High levels of stigmasterol (142.41 mg 100 g−1 ) and β-sitosterol (330.70 mg 100 g−1 ) were also detected. The seed oil exhibited good-quality characteristics, making it a useful new seed oil to be considered for food and nonfood applications.
ISSN: 1558-9331
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