Phenolic Contents & Antioxidant Activities: Plants/Food

Phenolic contents and antioxidant activity of some food and medicinal plants

Monika Bajpai A1, Anurag Pande A1, S. K. Tewari A1, Dhan Prakash A1

A1 Nutraceutical Chemistry, National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow, India


To identify promising sources of antioxidants, some food and medicinal plants were studied for total phenolic contents and antioxidant activity.

The leaves, bark and fruits of Terminalia arjuna, Terminalia bellerica, Terminalia chebula and Terminalia muelleri, the leaves and fruits of Phyllanthus emblica, and the seeds of Syzygium cumini were found to have high total phenolic contents (72.0167.2 mg/g) and high antioxidant activity (69.690.6%).

Leaves of Eucalyptusglobulus were a rich source of rutin, Moringa oleifera for kaempferol, aerial parts of Centella asiatica for quercetin, fruits of T. bellerica and T. chebula for gallic acid, and bark of T. arjuna, leaves and fruits of T. bellerica and bark, leaves and fruits of T. muelleri for ellagic acid.

International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition

Volume 56, Number 4 / June 2005 Pages: 287 - 291

DOI: 10.1080/09637480500146606

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