Author(s): Satheesh Kumar Bhandary B*, Sharmila KP, Suchetha Kumari N, Vadish S Bhat
A number of medicinal plants have been used in traditional system of medicine all over the world since the beginning of human civilisation, aiming to maintain health and to cure diseases. Oxidative s tress has emerged as a key role player in the pathophysiology of several diseases in humans as well as in experimental animal models. Plants can represent a source of novel compounds with promising antioxidant activity since they produce a lot of antioxidants. In recent days there has been an increasing interest worldwide to identify antioxidant compounds that are pharmacologically active with less or no side effects. In the present study the phytochemical screening and in vitro antioxidant activity of Asparagus racemosus Root Extract, Isoprinosine and Shatavari Syrup was assessed. To assess the antioxidant potential, 1,1-diphenyl-2-picryl hydrazyl (DPPH) Radical Scavenging assay, 2, 2-azinobis (3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulphonic acid) (ABTS) radical scavenging assay, Ferric Reducing Antioxidant Power assay and Total Antioxidant Capacity were carried out. The findings of the present study indicate that ethanolic Shatavari syrup and Asparagus racemosus root extract are excellent free-radical scavengers and potent natural antioxidant. Key words: Phytochemical, antioxidant, Asparagus racemosus, Isoprinosine, Shatavari.