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Antioxidant properties, physiochemical status and sensory evaluation of drumstick tree (Moringa oleifera Lam.): Herbal infusion for better health

Author Affiliations

  • 1FBRC, Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) Laboratories Complex, Lahore-54600, Pakistan and CEES (College of Earth and Environmental sciences), University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
  • 2FBRC, PCSIR Laboratories Complex, Lahore-54600, Pakistan
  • 3CEES, University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
  • 4FBRC, PCSIR Laboratories Complex, Lahore-54600, Pakistan
  • 5FBRC, PCSIR Laboratories Complex, Lahore-54600, Pakistan

Res. J. of Pharmaceutical Sci., Volume 8, Issue (1), Pages 15-19, June,30 (2019)

Abstract

Moringa oleifera is a plant having plenty of nutrients, minerals and phenolics content which can be utilized as a powerful solution of malnutrition. The main purpose of current study is evaluation of nutritional attributes, antioxidant activity and amount of tannins in Moringa oleifera leaves as well as furthers its utilization in preparation of herbal infusion. Moisture, Ash, acid insoluble ash, water soluble ash and water extract of Moringa dried leaves were determined as 7.39±0.30%, 3.45±0.07%, 3.33±0.17%, 0.12±0.06% and 29.75±0.07%, respectively. A significant value of tannins and crude fiber were found as 2.05± 1.32 TAE/100g and 18.17±0.07%, respectively. Antioxidant activity of dry leaves powder of Moringa oleifera was estimated through DPPH free radical scavenging assay which is 91.81% at 1.0mg/mL concentration. Current results exhibited that M. oleifera herbal infusion comprises of considerable dietary value and towering antioxidant properties may be exploited as functional food with immense therauptic /remedial benefits.

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