Author(s): Othbert Pinto, Chandan H R1, Nayimulla Shariff, Suresha RN and Naveen S
Enhancing the shelf life of any product with natural extract from natural source is most desirable. These extracts with known and unknown bioactive compounds can also be exploited to inhibit the oxidation in human system. In the present study, different solvent extracts of Loranthus elasticus Desv have been assessed for their antioxidant potentials by five methods selected which represents lipid peroxidation occurring in both foods as well as in biological system. The eextract showed good antioxidant activity except Iron chelating activity; both ethanol and methanol extracts have shown impressing level of the free radical scavenging activity, which were comparable to synthetic antioxidant such as BHA, TBHQ etc. Utilization of the extract may result in formulating better health care products with enhanced shelf life and little or no side effects.