Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 322, Issue 2, pp 1127–1131 | Cite as

Assessment of the contents of essential and potentially toxic elements in Pistacia terebinthus L. and Pistacia lentiscus L. by INAA technique

  • Nadjia Hamlat
  • Adel Benarfa
  • Brahim Beladel
  • Samir Begaa
  • Mohammed MessaoudiEmail author
  • Aicha Hassani


Pistacia terebinthus L. and Pistacia lentiscus L. leaves are widely used in Algerian folk medicine. For the first time, P. terebinthus and P. lentiscus leaves, were subjected to determine their essential and toxic elements using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). P. terebinthus and P. lentiscus leaves were collected from two different locations in Algeria and exposed to INAA analysis. The results show that the mass fractions of the sixteen trace elements studied are within the tolerance limits imposed by the World Health Organization. Hence these results could therefore be used to provide scientific basis for an optimum usage and enriches the database of medicinal herbs.


Medicinal plants Pistacia terebinthus L. Pistacia lentiscus L. INAA method Toxic elements Human health 



This work has been carried out and supported by Algerian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the authors thank all the members of the Department of Neutron Activation Analysis (Es-Salam Nuclear Research Centre of Birine, Djelfa) for the technical assistance.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS)AlgerAlgeria
  2. 2.Laboratory of Fundamental SciencesUniversity Amar Télidji of LaghouatLaghouatAlgeria
  3. 3.Department of Physics, Faculty of Science and TechnicsUniversity of DjelfaDjelfaAlgeria
  4. 4.Nuclear Research Centre of BirineDjelfaAlgeria

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