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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2010  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 338-341

Evaluation of Spinacia oleracea L. leaves mucilage as an innovative suspending agent


1 Department of Pharmaceutics, Seemanta Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jharpokharia, Mayurbhanj - 757 086, Orissa, India
2 Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Institute of Foreign Trade and Management, Lodhipur Rajput, Delhi Road, Moradabad - 244 001, U.P., India

Correspondence Address:
Dilipkumar Pal
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Institute of Foreign Trade and Management, Lodhipur Rajput, Delhi Road, Moradabad - 244 001, U.P.
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0110-5558.72430

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The present study was undertaken to evaluate the mucilage isolated from Spinacia oleracea L. leaves, commonly named spinach (family: Amaranthaceae) as an innovative suspending agent. Zinc oxide suspensions (20% w/v) were prepared using the mucilage of S. oleracea L. leaves as a suspending agent, and it was evaluated for its stability by using parameters like, sedimentation profile, degree of flocculation, and redispersibility. The effect of the tested mucilage on the suspension was compared with various commonly used suspending agents, such as, tragacanth, bentonite, and sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (NaCMC) at concentrations of 0.5, 1.0, and 2.0% w/v. The results obtained indicated that the mucilage of S. oleracea L. leaves could be used as a suspending agent, and the performance was found to be superior to both tragacanth and bentonite.


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