Estimation of phytochemical content and antioxidant activity of some selected traditional Indian medicinal plants

These findings show that the polyphenolic constituents in the extracts are responsible for free radical scavenging capacity

NilimaS Rajurkar; SM Hande


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  • The powder samples and methanol extract of 11 medicinal plants were subjected to analysis of proximate composition and measurement of antioxidant activity
  • 11 medicinal plants were analysed for their proximate composition and antioxidant activity
  • The acid insoluble ash content ranged from 2.4 g/100g in Cyperus rotundus to 21.5 g/100 g in Acacia nilotica
  • The fat content extractable from ethyl acetate of medicinal plants ranged from 0.06 g/100 g, which is lowest for Acacia nilotica to 1.2 g/100 g and is highest for Gymnema sylvestre
  • Our results are in agreement with those reported by Zheng et al. who found a strong correlation between total phenolic content and Ferric reducing antioxidant power assay
  • The present study provides the useful information about proximate composition, antioxidant properties and polyphenolic contents of some Indian medicinal plants, which are used for the therapeutic purposes

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