B. Aruna1*, R. Venu Madhuri1, Dr. D. Madhuri1, Dr. A.V. Badrinath1, Sk. Karimulla2
1Dr. K.V. Subbareddy Institute of Pharmacy, Dupadu, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India-518218.
2Department of Pharmacology, Narayana Pharmacy College, Chinthareddy Palem, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh-524003
A B S T R A C T
Arjuna (Terminalia Arjuna) is a widespread medicinal plant used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine to cure for various ailments and is one of the active ingredients in numerous polyherbal hepatoprotective formulations used in India. Leaves possess glycosides, large quantities of flavonoids, tannins and minerals. Flavonoids have been found to possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and lipid lowering effects. This work was carried out to investigate the antioxidant activity and free radical scavenging capacity of leaf extract of terminalia arjuna prepared in ethanol. The extraction yield of extract was found to be 17.14gm on dry weight basis. From the DPPH radical scavenging activity, phosphomolybdenum method and hydrogen peroxide scavenging method, it can be concluded from the results that arjuna extract was good source of natural antioxidants.
Keywords: antioxidant activity, terminalia arjuna, phosphomolybdenum, hydrogen peroxide