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Antioxidant potential of ethanolic extract of aerial parts of Coleus spicatus Benth

EJ Jaslin, V Padmaja

Abstract


The objective of this investigation was to evaluate the antioxidant potential of ethanolic extract of the aerial parts of Coleus spicatus. Antioxidant activity of ethanolic extract of C. spicatus was assessed by three different in-vitro model of measuring antioxidant profile; total antioxidant activity, ferric reducing ability of plasma (FRAP) assay and estimation of total flavonoid. Significant total antioxidant activity was found in ethanolic extract of C. spicatus. The IC50 values of the ethanolic extract of C. spicatus and ascorbate were found to be 380 μg/ml and 410 μg/ml, respectively. The ethanolic extract of C. spicatus also showed significant result in FRAP assay method. High flavonoid content was found in ethanolic extract of C. spicatus. The high antioxidant capacity observed for ethanolic extract of C. spicatus suggests that this plant could be used as an additive in the food industry providing good protection against oxidative damage.

Key words: Coleus spicatus, total antioxidant activity, ferric reducing ability of plasma (FRAP) assay, totalflavonoids.




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