Journal: Journal of Pharmacy Research

Article Id: JPRS-PHDRS-0000464
Title: Herbal Antioxidant: An Emerging Health Protector (Veggie route to healthy living)
Category: Pharmacognosy and Herbal Drugs related study
Section: Research Article
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    In spite of several defense mechanisms existing in the physiological system of the body, the free radicals add on to hepatic damage, hypertension, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and many more. Various herbs have been reported to contain number of bioactive moieties that render them powerful antioxidants, and have been cited as promising biochemical aids in the treatment of carcinogenic activities, atherosclerosis, and diabetes – posing antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and neuro protective abilities. The model role of antioxidants has been approved to reduce the rate of particular oxidation reactions in a specific context, involving transfer of electron from a key substance to an oxidizing agent. Antioxidants scavenge free radicals and thus inhibit the oxidative mechanisms that lead to degenerative disorders. Reactive oxygen species like H2O2 and hydroxyl ions (-OH), which are highly unstable, damage cells by chain reactions. Researches of eminent scholars indicate that consumption of antioxidants – rich food stuffs reduces damage to cell membrane and certain biochemicals e.g. nucleic acids. They have been found to prevent, or even reverse various diseases that result from cellular damage and also to an extent slow down the natural ageing process. Since ancient times, Ayurvedic formulations have been used to cure several ailments with minimal side effects, as the herbs mentioned in the texts and manuscripts are considered safe for human consumption. Recent findings have indicated that there is inverse relationship between the dietary intake of antioxidant rich foods and the incidence of human disease. Thus antioxidants play a vital role in checking oxidative stress taking place in physiological processes. Studies are being carried out in various organizations to know about the details of antioxidative properties and pharmacological action of constituents in various herbs, vegetables and fruits. The enzymatically potential antioxidants hither to known are superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxidase. In the non-enzymatic category, there are vitamin-A, vitamin-C, flavonoids, β- carotenoids, uric acid (urates), ubiquinone and other syntheticcompounds viz. DHEA, melatonins etc. The goal of present paper is to recommend the research for the development of inexpensive, highly available and effective naturally aesthetic antioxidants from biodiversified medicinal flora of the modern era, which is in fact an utmost need of hour.

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    Raaz Maheshwari * Beena Rani ** and Priyanka Singh ***

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    * Head, Deptt of Chemistry, SBDTC, Lakshman Garh (Sikar) Raj – 332 311Member: Eco-Ethics International Union, Nordbuente 28, 21385 Oldendorf /Luhe, Germany
    **.Assistant Professor, Deptt of Engg Chemistry, PCE,[RIICO (IA)],Sitapura(Jaipur) Raj- 302 022
    ***Lecturer, Deptt of Pharmaceutics , RKGIT, Ghaziabad, UP-201 010

    For correspondence:Beena Rani ,Assistant Professor, Deptt of Engg Chemistry, PCE,[RIICO (IA)],Sitapura(Jaipur) Raj- 302 022

    Received on:08-09-2008; Accepted on :12-02-2009

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    Raaz Maheshwari * Beena Rani ** and Priyanka Singh ***

    Title:Herbal Antioxidant: An Emerging Health Protector (Veggie route to healthy living)
    Journal:Journal of Pharmacy Research
    Vol(issue):2 (March)
    Page No: (569-573)
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    Methodology:Emerging Health Protector
    Research Materials:Herbal Antioxidant


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