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Estimation of enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidants of Solanum nigrum L.

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Botany, Fergusson College, Pune-411004, India
  • 2Department of Botany, Shivaji University, Kolhapur-416004, India

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 10, Issue (2), Pages 1-4, April,2 (2021)


Biotic and abiotic stress creates oxidative stress and to be protected from oxidative stress, antioxidants play an essential role in medicinally crucial plants. Naturally, the plants contain enzymatic and non-enzymatic parameters. Solanum nigrum L. from Solanaceae is commonly known as European black nightshade or only black nightshade. It is one of the weeds which has got nutritive value. Soups are prepared from shoots in different parts of the world. The stalks and berries have medicinal and local uses. It has a high nutritive value. It has that it manages several diseases like seizure and epilepsy, pain, ulcer, inflammation, diarrhea, some eye infections, and jaundice. The dietary importance of Solanum is due to the source of foods and nutraceuticals for the prevention and management of cognitive impairment associated with diseases such as Alzheimers disease. The present study was carried out for assessing the antioxidant status of leaves of this plant at the vegetative and fruiting stages. The work estimated enzymatic (peroxidase and polyphenoloxidase) and non-enzymatic antioxidants (proteins, reducing sugar, ascorbic acid, and polyphenols). It has been observed that the leaves possess an outstanding amount of enzymatic antioxidants. Among the non-enzymatic parameters are in considerable amount while the content of protein is more in ripe fruits. The medicinal properties of this plant refer to its use in the antioxidant formulations.


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