A comparative study on antioxidant activity of ten different parts of Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn

Yan Bin Wu, Li Jun Zheng, Jun Yi, Jian Guo Wu, Chun Jiang Tan, Ti Qiang Chen, Jin Zhong Wu, Ka Hing Wong

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The in vitro antioxidant activity of ten different parts of lotus (Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn.) was evaluated and compared. Among the ten lotus extracts, the receptacle did not only possessed the highest phenolic, flavonoid and proanthocyanidin contents, but its 2-picrylhydrazyl free (DPPH) and 2, 2'-Azinobis (3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) (ABTS) radical scavenging activities, reducing power as well as total antioxidant activity were also comparable to, if not better than those of the butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) control (p < 0.05). Compared with the BHT, all ten lotus extracts even exhibited significantly (p < 0.05) higher metal chelating activity. Nevertheless, the hydroxyl radical scavenging ability of all ten lotus extracts was significantly (p < 0.05) lower than that of the ascorbic acid control. In contrast to the metal chelating ability, phenolic compounds in the ten lotus extracts would likely be responsible for their DPPH and ABTS radical scavenging activities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2454-2461
Number of pages8
JournalAfrican Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2011


  • Antioxidant activity
  • Louts (Nelumbo nucifera)
  • Total flavonoid content
  • Total phenolic content
  • Total proanthocyanidin content

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Pharmacology


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