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Antioxidant Activity of Wood and Leaf Extracts of Achyranthes aspera Using Radical Scavenging Method

Author(s): Bahule BB, Mahajan RP and More DH

Achyranthes aspera Linn. is an indigenous herb. It is traditionally used as an abortifacient. The aqueous extract is given as a medicine against pneumonia. The aqueous extracts of this plant were screened for their antioxidant activity using DPPH radical scavenging method. The standard used is an ascorbic acid and the phytochemicals exhibited better activity than the standard compound. This extract is comprised of alkaloids and terpenoids as its major constituent and the biological activity can be attributed to the presence these compounds.

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