In vitro antioxidant activity of ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia L., Asteraceae) herb
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The antioxidant activity in 70% aqueous acetone extracts of the herb of Ambrosia artemisiifolia L., Asteraceae was evaluated with regards to total polyphenol and flavonoid contents. Antioxidant activity has been assessed by two commonly used in vitro tests, based on determination of ferric-reducing antioxidant power (FRAP assay) and DPPH free radical scavenging ability (DPPH assay), against butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), ascorbic acid and quercetin, which were used as positive control substances. The results of both antioxidant tests showed that the plant material expressed a considerable activity (DPPH IC50 = 27.6 mu g/ml; FRAP value = 2.37 mmol Fe2+/g), attributed to both flavonoid aglyca and resembling glycosides, as verified by dot-blot TLC analysis.
Keywords:Ambrosia artemisiifolia / antioxidant activity / FRAP assay / DPPH assay / flavonoids / polyphenols
Source:Industrial Crops and Products, 2008, 28, 3, 356-360
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