Estimation of Activity Concentrations of naturally occurring radionuclides in selected infant-herbs grown in Igbokoda, Ondo state
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Proposed Symposium Title: Estimation of Activity Concentrations of naturally occurring radionuclides in selected infant-herbs grown in Igbokoda, Ondo state
Funmilola M. Ojo1, Abiola O. Ilori2, Kayode O. Karigidi3
Affiliations: 1 Department of Biological Sciences, Olusegun Again University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa Ondo State, Nigeria 2 Department of Physical Sciences, Olusegun Again University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa Ondo State, Nigeria 3 Department of Chemical Sciences, Olusegun Again University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa Ondo State, Nigeria
The traditional use of medicinal herbs in treating infant ailments is entrenched in many cultures, including the coastal region of Ondo State, Nigeria. However, there is limited scientific information regarding their morphological characteristics and possible radiological health risks. This study aimed to investigate the morphological features and radiological health effects of six commonly consumed infant herbs.
A comprehensive field survey was conducted to identify and collect representative samples of the selected infant herbs: Ananas comosus, Azadirachta indica, Carica papaya, Cymbopogon citratus, Jatropha curcas, Mangifera indica, Ocimum gratissimum, Psidium guajava, Vernonia amygdalina, and Zingiber officinale. Plant identification and classification were conducted morphologically to assess plants’ growth habits, stem structure, leaf morphology, and flower characteristics.
Radiation levels were measured to evaluate potential risks associated with the consumption of these herbs, using a portable radiation meter. The concentration of radionuclides (specifically, naturally occurring radioactive materials such as uranium, thorium, and potassium) was also determined using gamma spectroscopy techniques.
The morphological studies revealed distinct features of each herb, aiding in their accurate identification and classification. Additionally, the radiological health impact assessment indicated relatively low radiation levels in the selected infant herbs, with concentrations of radionuclides falling within acceptable limits set by international regulatory bodies. Thus, the consumption of these herbs was determined to be unlikely to pose significant radiological health risks to infants and young children. This study contributes to the documentation of the morphological characteristics of commonly consumed infant herbs in the coastal region of Ondo State, Nigeria. Furthermore, the radiological health impact assessment provides valuable insights into the safe use of herbs for infant care. The findings can inform healthcare providers, traditional medicine practitioners, and the general public about the potential benefits and risks associated with the consumption of these medicinal herbs, promoting safe and informed choices in infant healthcare practices.