In vitro comparative study of anti-oxidant potential of Cymbopogon citratus and Cynodon dactylon
The granted prejudice in the medical field is about beneficial effects of refined anti-oxidants and such FDA approved refined anti-oxidants are widely used as a prophylactic agents to alleviate cardiovascular and neurodegenerative disorders or diseases. Ironically recent scientific studies have highlighted health hazards of refined anti-oxidants. Plants remains rich in known and unknown chemical compounds and through synergistic action may show desired anti-oxidant properties without developing serious health hazards. In this context, in vitro comparative study of anti-oxidant properties of Cymbopogon citratus and Cynodon dactylon was carried out. Anti-oxidant potential of the selected plants was studied with respect to ‘Total Phenol Content’, ‘Anti lipid Peroxidation Assay’, ‘Ferric Reduction Potential Assay’ and ‘Superoxide anion scavenging activity’. Present study revealed better antioxidant properties of Cymbopogon citratus than Cynodon dactylon.
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