Drug Discov Ther. 2008;2(5):286-288.

Antioxidant activity of wild plants collected in Beni-Sueif governorate, Upper Egypt.

Abouzid S, Elshahaat A, Ali S, Choudhary MI


Antioxidant activity of a selection of commonly occurring wild plants growing in Beni-Sueif governorate, Upper Egypt, has been tested. The plants selected are Tamarix nilotica, Ambrosia maritima, Zygophyllum coccenium, Conyza dioscoridis, Chenopodium ambrosioides, and Calotropis procera. The in vitro antioxidant assays used in this study were 1,1-diphenyl-2-picryl hydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging activity, superoxide anion scavenging activity and iron chelating activity. Extracts prepared from the leaves and flowers of Tamarix nilotica have shown the highest antioxidant activity in the three kinds of assay.

KEYWORDS: Screening, Wild plant, DPPH, Superoxide anion, Iron chelation, Tamarix nilotica

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