Evaluation of trace element contents of some herbal plants and spices retailed in Kayseri, Turkey

Environ Monit Assess. 2012 Jun;184(6):3455-61. doi: 10.1007/s10661-011-2199-z. Epub 2011 Jun 29.


The trace element contents of seven kinds of herbal plants and spice samples retailed in local markets in Kayseri-Turkey were determined by flame atomic absorption spectrometry after digestion with HNO(3)/H(2)O(2) mixture. The concentration ranges for the studied elements were found as 6.0-15.2, 0-32.2, 80.0-324.8, 8.1-386.3, and 13.1-36.2 μg/g for copper, nickel, iron, manganese, and zinc, respectively. The levels of cobalt, lead, and chromium ions in all the investigated samples were found to be below the detection limit of flame atomic absorption spectrometry. The results found in the present work were compared with values in the literature.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Environmental Pollutants / analysis*
  • Food Analysis
  • Metals, Heavy / analysis
  • Plants / chemistry*
  • Spectrophotometry, Atomic
  • Spices / analysis*
  • Trace Elements / analysis*
  • Turkey


  • Environmental Pollutants
  • Metals, Heavy
  • Trace Elements