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ANTIOXIDANT ACTIVITY OF CUCUMIS MELO VAR. AGRESTIS SEEDS FOR THEIR THERAPEUTIC POTENTIAL

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Author(s): Kaur Manpreet | Arora R

Journal: International Journal of Research in Ayurveda and Pharmacy
ISSN 2229-3566

Volume: 2;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 1235;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Cucumis melo var. agrestis seeds | Cucurbitaceae | Antioxidant activity | DPPH | H2O2 | medicinal plant.

ABSTRACT
The present study was an endeavor to evaluate antioxidant activity of methanolic extract of Cucumis melo var. agrestis seeds for their therapeutic potential. In- vitro antioxidant activity was performed by 1, 1- diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) and Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). The methanolic seed extract was found to have significant scavenging activity 75.59% at 300 µg/ml by 1,1- diphenyl-2-picryl-hydrazyl method and 69.86% at 400 µg/ml by Hydrogen peroxide method as compared to standard (ascorbic acid). Presence of phytochemicals like triterpenoids, alkaloids, tannins, flavonoids, coumarin glycosides, carbohydrates might contribute to observed antioxidant activity.

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