Raphia hookeri (Rh) mesocarp is a rich source of nutrients involved in the prevention of hematological disorder.
Rh mesocarp is a good source of lipids (48.97%),
fibers (25.82%), calcium (3183.3mg/100g of dry matter), potassium (1218.3 mg/100g of DM), zinc (0.88
mg/100g of DM) and selenium (8.6 mg/100g of DM). Nevertheless, it contains a little amount of phytic acid and
hydrocyanic acid which is acceptable for human consumption. It can then be used in many formulations as a
source of these nutrients. Aluminum administration indicates the reduction in food intake, a low weight gain and
Hematological alteration in the Positive control group. However, consumption of Rh mesocarp indicated an
increase in food intake, weight gain and a restoration of hematological parameters to the normal level with the
best values in groups that were administered Rh powders (Rh5% and Rh10%).