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In vitro free radical scavenging effect of Butea monosperma leaf extracts

Bappa Sarkar , Payel Manna , Sanjib Bhattacharya , Moulisha Biswas


Butea monosperma commonly known as Palash in Sanskrit and Bengali and Flame of the Forest in English is a It is a medium-sized dry season deciduous tree indigenous to tropical and sub-tropical parts of the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The present investigation assessed the different solvent extracts of B. monosperma leaf for their in vitro free radical scavenging potential by 1,1-diphenyl-2-picryl-hydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging assay. All of the extracts exhibited potent in vitro free radical scavenging activity that increased with extract concentrations. The methanol extract was found to be the most potent in this regard, followed by the chloroform and petroleum ether extracts respectively. Therefore, the present study confirms marked in vitro free radical scavenging activity of Butea monosperma leaf.

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