ISSN: 2393-9508
e-ISSN: 2582-4902

The Biobrio 8(3 & 4), 2021

Uses, Phytochemical Screening and Nutrient Value of Trapa (Water Chestnut) - A Review

Vineeta Ateesh, Samuel Kisku, Sumit Pathak, Shashi Kumar Gupta, Snigdha Kumari & Prasanjit Mukherjee


Trapa bispinosa Roxb. which belongs to the family Trapaceae is a small herb well known for its
medicinal properties and is widely used worldwide. Trapa bispinosa or Trapa natans is an
important plant of Indian Ayurvedic system of medicine which is used in the problems of stomach,
genitourinary system, liver, kidney, and spleen which may be due to high quantity of minerals,
ions, namely, Ca, K, Na, Zn, and vitamins, saponins, phenols, alkaloids, flavonoids. In the present
study, the recent reports on nutritional, phytochemical, and pharmacological aspects of Trapa
bispinosa Roxb., as a medicinal and nutritional food, are reviewed.


Water chestnut, Nutrient Value, Phytochemical Screening, Trapa flour, Antimicrobial activity

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