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In vitro free radical scavenging activity of leaf extracts from Mimusops elengi

Akash Bardhan , Rishov Mukhopadhyay , Sanjib Bhattacharya , Moulisha Biswas


Mimusops elengi L. (Sapotaceae), commonly known as Bakul in Bengali and Sanskrit is a medium-sized evergreen tree Indigenous to tropical regions including India and found throughout the Indian subcontinent. The present investigation assessed the different solvent extracts of M. elengi 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 ethyl acetate and benzene extracts respectively. Therefore, the present study confirms marked in vitro free radical scavenging activity of Mimusops elengi leaf.

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