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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 519084, 12 pages
Research Article

Experimental Assessment of Moringa oleifera Leaf and Fruit for Its Antistress, Antioxidant, and Scavenging Potential Using In Vitro and In Vivo Assays

Molecular Bioprospection Department, Biotechnology Division, Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research), Lucknow 226015, India

Received 11 April 2011; Revised 10 August 2011; Accepted 1 September 2011

Academic Editor: Jenny M. Wilkinson

Copyright © 2012 Suaib Luqman et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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Table 1. The potential therapeutic values of Moringa oleifera against cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases are due to the phytochemicals present in the various parts of the tree. Glucosinolates, carbamates and isothiocyanates are fairly unique group of compounds peculiar to Moringaceae family. Other metabolites include flavonoids, polysaccharide and sterols. The distribution of various phytochemicals varies with the plant part which gives either broad or specific bioactivity.

Table 2. The antioxidant capacity of the Moringa fruit (pod) is due to the presence of higher amount of isothiocyanates and other flavonoids compared to leaf.

Figures. The acute toxicity of ascorbic acid (standard antioxidant) and gallic acid (ubiquitously present in plant as phenolics) was also performed along with Moringa extracts for comparative analysis. Non-significant changes were observed for the body weight, biochemical and haematological parameters. The molecules were well tolerated and non toxic upto a checked dose of 10 mg/kg body weight.

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