QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS OF PHYTOCHEMICALS AND IN VITRO ANTIOXIDANT ASSAYS IN THE TUBER OF SOLENA AMPLEXICAULIS (LAM.) GANDHI. (CUCURBITACEAE)
- PG and Research Department of Botany, Kongunadu Arts and Science College, Coimbatore – 641 029.
Most of the traditional medicinal plants in India are not scientifically validated. Scientific evaluation of medicinal property along with traditional knowledge is essential to obtain effective drugs for commercial purpose. Solena amplexicaulisbelongs to the family, Cucurbitaceae, a traditional medicinal plant species of
Tamil Nadu, India is being prescribed to cure various diseases. In this study, the objective was to investigate the qualitative and quantitative determinations of certain phytochemicals and in vitro antioxidant capabilities of various alcoholic and aqueous tuber extracts of S. amplexicaulisby adapting standard procedures. In all the assays methanolic tuber extract registered significantly high amount of secondary metabolites and also it effectively scavenge the free radicals in a concentration dependent manner than the other extracts. These results were compared with synthetic (BHA and BHT) as well as natural antioxidants (rutin and quercetin). The outcome of the study revealed most valuable information and also supports the continued sustainable use of this species in traditional systems of medicine.