Jean Tony Amalya J and V. Judia Harriet Sumathy
Postgraduate and Research Department of Biotechnology, Women’s Christian College, Chennai–600006.
A B S T R A C T
Natural products from medicinal plants, either as pure compounds or as standardized extracts, provide unlimited opportunities for new drug leads because of the unmatched availability of chemical diversity. Due to an increasing demand for chemical diversity in screening programs, seeking therapeutic drugs from natural products, interest particularly in edible plants has grown throughout the world. Botanicals and herbal preparations for medicinal usage contain various types of bioactive compounds. Peltophorum pterocarpum, family Leguminosae is a tree natural to tropical South-Eastern Asia and was brought to Nigeria by immigrants. It has been used traditionally by the South Western people of the country as a memory enhancer and for anti-ageing. Continuous research have revealed many chemical constituents isolated from different parts of the this tree to exhibit several biological activities such as antimicrobial activity, antioxidant activity, cytotoxic activity, antiglycemic activity, aldose reductase inhibition activity, cardiotonic activity and choline esterase inhibitory activity. The present study aims at studying the Antioxidant activity of Carotenoid extracts of the leaves and flowers of Peltophorum pterocarpum.
Keywords: Natural products, Bioactive compounds, Carotenoid Extracts, Peltophorum pterocarpum, Antioxidant activity.