Medicinal & Aromatic Plants

Medicinal & Aromatic Plants
Open Access

ISSN: 2167-0412



Accelerated Shelf Life Study of Fish Oil Stored in Medicinal Plant Extracts

Jithu Paul Jacob* and Saleena Mathew

Stability studies provide evidence on in what way the quality of a drug or its product varies with time under influence of changing environmental factors such as humidity, temperature and light. Present study is an attempt to study accelerated stability of fish oil incorporated with three medicinal plant extracts, which can be used for preserving it from further oxidation. The results of accelerated shelf life studies of fish oil treated with O. sanctum extracts (2 mg%). It is found that E. coli, Salmonella and P. aeruginosa were absent throughout the storage period of 6 months in the treated sample. Though TPC was found high at initial stage (1250000 cfu/gm.), by 6 months the value was reduced to <05 cfu/gm. Fungus and yeast contents with a high value during 2nd month (1000 cfu/gm) decreased to a value of 110 cfu/gm in 6 months. Rancidity index showed absent in all the days. Contrary to O. sanctum treated fish oil, the total fungus and yeast content which was minimum at the initial period (<10 cfu/ml) increased to a maximum value of 2110 cfu/gm in A. barbadensis and B. diffusa treated samples. Rancidty was absent throughout the storage period in both the treatments. Thus total fungus and yeast content was significantly lowered in O. sanctum treated fish oil when compared with A. barbadensis and B. diffusa treated fish oil.

Published Date: 2019-06-29; Received Date: 2019-06-13