Phytochemical and antioxidant assessment in methanolic leaf extract of Boerhavia diffusa (Punarnava)
Anjali Jeena, JL Singh, Niddhi Arora, AH Ahmad, Munish Batra and SK Rastogi
Boerhaavia diffusa holds significant traditional importance due to its considerable therapeutic benefits. A thorough analysis of the plant's phytochemical composition was undertaken to scientifically substantiate its traditional usage. The primary objective of this study was to evaluate the phytochemical constituents and overall antioxidant potential present in the B. diffusa leaves extract (methanolic), utilizing well-established experimental procedures. The methanolic extract of B. diffusa was subjected to a thorough phytoconstituent screening, revealing the definite presence of both flavonoids and phenols. The findings have demonstrated that the methanolic extract of B. diffusa leaves exhibited a total antioxidant activity of 25.61±1.07 μM Fe II equivalents, as determined through the Ferric-Reducing Antioxidant Power Assay. Additionally, the extract displayed a peroxidation inhibition rate of 18.15 ± 0.12% in the Ascorbate-Iron (III)-catalyzed phospholipids peroxidation assessment. The results of this study suggested that the extract of B. diffusa leaves (methanolic) has the potential to serve as an important reservoir of natural antioxidants.
How to cite this article:
Anjali Jeena, JL Singh, Niddhi Arora, AH Ahmad, Munish Batra and SK Rastogi. Phytochemical and antioxidant assessment in methanolic leaf extract of Boerhavia diffusa (Punarnava). The Pharma Innovation Journal. 2023; 12(8S): 1962-1965.