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In vitro antioxidant and free-radical scavenging activities of polar leaf extracts of Vernonia amygdalina
BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies volume 23, Article number: 146 (2023)
Plants are able to deliver a huge number of differing bioactive compounds which may supplement the requirements of the human body by acting as natural antioxidants. Antioxidants are mindful for the defense component of the life form against the pathologies related to the assault of free radicals. The main purpose of this study was to investigate the qualitative phytochemical composition of Vernonia amygdalina leaf extract and its antioxidant activity.
The powdered plant sample was successively extracted with aqueous, methanol and ethanol solvents using Soxhlet apparatus. The antioxidant activities of the crude leaf extract were determined using 1, 1- diphenyl-2-picryl hydrazyl (DPPH) radical, 2,2′-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid (ABTS) radical, phosphomolybdate (PM) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) scavenging assay. All the examinations were drained triplicates and average values of each test were taken.
Phytochemical investigation of the plant revealed that the three solvent extracts contained numerous bioactive compounds namely alkaloids, tannins, saponins, phenols, terpenoids, steroids, glycosides and sugars. The result showed that, the leaf extracts of V. amygdalina obtained from methanol extract exhibit the maximum antioxidant activity compared ethanol and aqueous extracts. The IC50 values of DPPH assay for the H2O, MeOH and EtOH extracts were 111.4, 94.92 and 94.83 μg/ml; of ABTS assay were 334.3, 179.8 and 256.9 μg/ml; of H2O2 assay were 141.6, 156 and 180.6 μg/ml, respectively. The maximum radical scavenging activity was obtained in DPPH assay while the lowest scavenging activity was obtained in ABTS assay method. The data obtained in the in vitro models clearly suggest that methanol extract has higher antioxidant activity due to a higher presence of phenolic constituents in the extract.
This study revealed that V. amygdalina leaf has a noteworthy antioxidant and free radical scavenging activity mitigating the traditional use of the plant for different aliments.
Plants are known to exist thousands a long time prior and have been an indispensably portion of conventional and innate therapeutic frameworks over the globe since ancient times [1, 2]. Numerous nations within the world, that is, two-third of the world’s populace depends on home grown medication for essential wellbeing care . There are several traditional approaches of treating diseases using plants, Ayurveda and Siddha originated from India; and Unani in Greece. Thus, believes that every person has its own distinct temperament made up of combinations of four basic humors . Medicinal plants and natural products has long been known to practitioners of Greco-Arab, Islamic medicine and Unani medicine as a therapeutic use in the treatment of diabetes and obesity which are strongly correlates deeper with the elevated risks of developing cardiovascular disease hypertension, stroke, and several malignancies . Interestingly, many of the plants have analgesic properties, which can be used to relieve pain such as chronic kidney disease . Plants are able to create an expansive number of diverse bioactive compounds [5, 7]. These bioactive compounds naturally found in plants and microorganism are phytochemicals . These phytochemicals include alkaloids, flavonoids, saponins, terpenoids, steroids, glycosides, tannins, volatile oils, etc. . Phytochemicals have several pharmacological roles such as antioxidant [10, 11], antiviral , anticancer , antimicrobial , antifungal  and antiparasitic . Essential oils (volatile oils) are used in order to exploit physiological and psychological properties of individual response to volatile biostructures, with the aim to reduce stress and to speed up the healing processes [16, 17].
Lion's share of the maladies are basically connected to oxidative stress due to free radicals. Free radicals may be either oxygen derived reactive species (ROS) or nitrogen derived reactive species (RNS) . Antioxidants are accepted to play a really vital part within the body defense system against free radicals . The existence of antioxidants in plants is vital as numerous plants are utilize as a source of dietary antioxidants [20, 21]. High concentrations of phytochemicals, which may protect against free radical damage, accumulate in fruits and vegetables .
V. amygdalina is a perennial herb belonging to the Asteraceae family, the species indigenous to tropical Africa and is found wild or cultivated all over sub-Sahara Africa . The plant is known by its local name Grawa in Amharic and bitter leaf in English . The leaves of V. amygdalina have been used in Ethiopia for the treatment of different aliments such as stomach disorder, skin wound, diarrhea, scabies, hepatitis, ascarasis, tonsillitis, fever, mastitis, tapeworm and worms infection . The leaves of this plant contains different bioactive compounds, including, saponins and alkaloids, terpenes, terpenes, steroids, coumarins, flavonoids, phenolic acids, lignans, xanthones, anthraquinones and sesquiterpenes [24, 26].
Plant phenols and flavonoids have antioxidant properties , acting as reducing agents, free radical terminators, metal chelators and singlet oxygen quenchers . Hence, plants containing useful phytochemicals may supplement the of the human body by acting as natural antioxidants. These phytoconstituents depend on the geographical location where the plant material collected  and the season as well as the maturity of leaves . The chemical profile and antioxidant activities of V. amygdalina grown in the study area is not reported yet. Therefore, the main purpose of this study is to investigate the qualitative phytochemical composition and total antioxidant activity and free-radical scavenging activity of the aqueous, methanol and ethanol leaf extracts of V. amygdalina leaf extract grows in the study area.
Material and method
Description of the study area
Tehuledere is one of the districts in South Wollo Zone of Amhara Regional State, which is about 430 km North of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has the latitude and longitude of 11° 29′ 59.99′′N and 39°34′ 59.99′′E with an elevation between 1900–2400 m above sea level.
Sample collection and authentication
Fresh leaves of V. amygdalina were collected from the area where they grow in Tehuledere district in October 2021 following the guidelines proposed by Wondafrash (2008) . The plant was collected after getting written consent from the local authority and a special letter from Wollo University Postgraduate Office. The specimen was submitted to Wollo University Herbarium Center for identification and voucher number. The specimen was identified by Mr Belay Melese (Botanist) and assigned voucher number 160/2021.
Chemicals and reagents
The analytical grade chemicals and reagents used for this study were distilled water and deionized water (H2O, methanol (MeOH), ethanol (EtOH), 10% ferric chloride (FeCl3), Wagner’s reagent (Iodine in potassium iodide), aluminum chloride (AlCl3), sodium nitrite (NaNO2), hydrochloric acid (HCl), sulfuric acid (H2SO4), sodium hydroxide (NaOH), nitric acid (HNO3), sodium carbonate, iodine, NaH2PO4, Na2HPO4, DPPH, ammonium molybdate, potassium persulfate, ferric tripyridyltriazine, acetic anhydride, ascorbic acid, Fehling’s solution, etc. were used.
Instruments and apparatus
The necessary apparatus and instruments used for this study were electronic beam balance with ± 0.0001 g precision for mass measurement, pipettes and micropipettes for measuring different amounts of acids and standard solutions, vacuum rotary evaporator for concentrating the filtrate to dryness by removing residual solvent, volumetric flasks are to be used to dilute sample solutions and prepare standard solutions. UV- visible spectrophotometer was used to measure absorbance. Soxhlet apparatus were used for extraction and electrical shaker to mix the mixture well. Digital pH meter for pH measurement, volumetric flask, beaker, conical flask with different size Beakers (50 mL, 100 mL 150 mL, 200 mL 1000 mL), Whiteman No.1 filtrate paper, separatory funnel and others were used for different purposes.
Extraction of plant samples
The powdered plant sample was successively extracted with methanol, ethanol and aqueous solvents using Soxhlet apparatus. Three hundred gram of powdered samples of V. amygdalina leaf was placed in a thimble of Soxhlet apparatus fitted with a round bottom flask containing the desired solvent. The solvent was heated at its boiling temperature for 6 h. The solvent vapors moved upward to the condenser. The condenser changed the vapor into liquid state, and then flood into the thimble chamber until the thimble became full of solvent and sample to undergo extraction. Then, the solvent with extracted phytochemicals moved down to the round bottom flask. Round bottomed flask containing extract solution was dismantled, filtered, and the residual solvent from each extract was removed using rotary evaporator under reduced pressure. The resulting semidried mass of each fractions were stored in 4 °C refrigerator desiccators until used for experiments.
Preliminary qualitative phytochemical screening
Test for alkaloids
Extracts were dissolved individually in dilute hydrochloric acid and filtered. Then the filtrates treated with Wagner s reagent (1.27 g of iodine and 2 g of KI along with 100 mL of distilled water). Formation of brown (reddish brown) precipitate indicates the presence of alkaloids .
Test for flavonoids
0.05 g of the extract was treated with few drops of 10% (w/v) sodium hydroxide solution and a few drops of concentrated H2SO4. There was no formation of yellow color indicates the absence of flavonoid .
Test for phenols
0.05 g of the extract was treated with few drops of 5% (w/v) ferric chloride solution. Formation of bluish black (blue or green) color indicates the presence of phenol .
Test for saponins
0.05 g of the extract was diluted with 20 mL of distilled water vigorously shaken in a graduated cylinder for 15 min. Formation of 1 cm layer of foam indicates the presence of saponins .
Test for glycosides
0.05 g of powdered extract was diluted with 5 mL water followed by the addition of 2 mL of glacial acetic acid and a drop of ferric chloride solution. To this, 1 mL of concentrated sulphuric acid was added very slowly. The appearance of a brown ring at the interface shows the presence of glycosides .
Test for tannins
5 g of extract was mixed into with 10 mL of distilled water. The mixture will be boiled for 5 min. The production of greenish precipitate up on the addition of 2 drops of 5% FeCl3 shows the presence of Tannins .
Test for steroids
50 mg of the extract was dissolved in 1 mL of chloroform. Sulphuric acid were carefully added to form a lower layer. A reddish brown color at the interface shows the presence of steroidal ring .
Test for terpenoids
2 mL of chloroform was added to plant ‘extracts (0.5 g) in a test tube. Then 3 mL of concentrated sulfuric acid was added to this mixture that result in reddish brown interface confirming the presence of terpenoids .
Test for sugars
1 mL of water and 5–8 drops of Fehling’s solution. was added to a 0.5 g of the sample and heated over water bath. The formation of brick red precipitate indicates the presence of reducing sugars .
Antioxidant scavenging assay
The antioxidant activity of the aqueous, methanol and ethanol leaf extracts of V. amygdalina were evaluated using DPPH, ABTS, FRAP, HPOS and TAC assay methods.
Determination of antioxidant activity of V. amygdalina leaves by DPPH assay
Free radical scavenging activity of different leaves extracts of V. amygdalina plant were measured by 1, 1- diphenyl-2-picryl hydrazyl (DPPH) . Briefly, 0.1 mM solution of DPPH was prepared by dissolving 0.004 g of DPPH crystalline solid in 100 mL of analytical grade methanol and stored at 4 °C. A 4 mg of the plant extract was dissolved in 10 mL of methanol in order to prepare 400 μg/mL stock solutions and then serial dilution with methanol was performed to prepare the required concentrated solutions (50, 100,150, 200, 250, 300 μg/mL). A 2 mL of plant extract solution from each concentration was taken in a test tube and then, 3 mL of DPPH solution was added in each test tube. After 30 min incubation in the dark, the absorbance at 517 nm was recorded using a UV–Vis Spectrophotometer.
Reference standard compound being used was ascorbic acid. A stock solution of 800 μg/mL was prepared by dissolving 2 mg ascorbic acid in 2.5 mL of distilled water. Then, serial dilution with different concentrated solution was prepared (50, 100,150, 200, 250, 300 μg/mL). MeOH, EtOH, and distilled H2O were used as the blank for respective extracts. A mixture of 3 mL of 0.1 mM DPPH and (100 μL MeOH for methanol extract, 100 μL EtOH for ethanol extract and 100 μL H2O for aqueous extract) was used as control. All determinations were performed in triplicate. The percent of inhibition were plotted against concentration from which IC50 values were calculated.
where, Acontrol is the mixture of methanol/ethanol/ water and DPPH solution, and Asample is the mixture of sample extract and DPPH solution.
Determination of antioxidant activity of V. amygdalina leaves by ABTS assay
ABTS assay was carried out using the procedure used in the previous study. ABTS radical cation was prepared by mixing 7 mM ABTS stock solution with 2.45 mM potassium persulfate in equal quantities . Briefly, 7 mM ABTS solution was prepared by dissolving 0.360 g of ABTS salt in 100 mL of distilled water . A 2.45 mM potassium persulfate was prepared by dissolving 0.066 g of salt in 100 mL of distilled water. Then, ABTS cation radical solution was prepared by gently mixing 10 mL of 7 mM ABTS solution and 10 mL of 2.45 mM of potassium persulfate solution, the mixture was left in dark at room temperature for 12 h until the reaction was completed and the absorbance was stabled.
The radical cation formed is further diluted in ratio (1:1) with ethanol to adjust the absorbance value to 0.700 at 734 nm using UV–Vis Spectrophotometer. A 5 μL of V. amygdalina leaves extract at concentrations (50, 100,150, 200, 250, 300 μg/mL) was mixed with 4000 μL of ABTS+• solution and allowed to stand in the dark for 2 h at room temperature. The absorbance was determined at 734 nm using a UV–Vis Spectrophotometer. Methanol, ethanol, and water were used as the blank for methanol, ethanol and aqueous extracts, respectively. A Mixtures of 10 mL of (7 mM ABTS, 2.45 mM K2S2O8) and (20 mL of methanol for methanol extract, 20 mL of ethanol for ethanol extract and 20 mL of water for aqueous extract) was used as control.
The reactivity of the various concentrations of each solvent extract was compared to that of ascorbic acid. All the measurements were carried out at least three times. Percent scavenging of ABTS + radical was calculated for different concentrations (50 to 300 μg/mL) of extract and standard using the following equation:
where, Acontrol is absorbance of a mixtures of 10 mL of (7 mM ABTS, 2.45 mM K2S2O8) with blank solvents and Asample is absorbance of the mixture of sample extract/standard and ABTS.
The antioxidant activity of V. amygdalina leaf extract against ABTS + • was expressed as IC50.
Determination of total antioxidant capacity (TAC) of V. amygdalina leaves by the phosphomolybdenum Assay
The total antioxidant capacity of crude extracts was evaluated by the phosphomolybdenum assay . The assay is based on the reduction of Mo(VI) to Mo(V) by the extract and subsequent formation of green phosphate (Mo(V)) complex at acidic pH . One milliliter each of 0.6 M sulfuric acid, 28 mM sodium phosphate and 4 mM ammonium molybdate were added in 20 mL of distilled water and made up volume to 50 mL by adding distilled water. 0.3 mL of crude extracts of V. amygdalina in different concentration ranging from 50 μL to 300 μL were added to different test tubes individually containing 3 mL of reagent solution. These tubes were kept incubated at 95 °C for 90 min. Then, the absorbance of the solution was measured at 695 nm using a UV–VIS spectrophotometer against blank after cooling to room temperature. MeOH, EtOH, and H2O were used as the blank for respective extracts. 3 mL of a mixture of molybdate in 20 mL of water and 0.3 mL of controls were used. Ascorbic acid was used as positive reference standard. Mean values from three trials were calculated for each extract. The antioxidant capacity was estimated using the following formula:
where, Asample is the absorbance of the sample and Acontrol is the absorbance of the control.
The concentration of extract at which 50% inhibition is observed (IC50) were calculated in μg/ml.
Determination of antioxidant activity of V. amygdalina leave extracts by hydrogen peroxide scavenging (H2O2) assay
The ability of the extracts to scavenge hydrogen peroxide was determined according to the method of Al-Amiery et al.  with a minor modification [47, 48]. A solution of hydrogen peroxide (2 mM) was prepared in 0.2 M phosphate buffer (pH 7.4). Briefly, about 0.2 M potassium dihydrogen phosphate and 0.2 M sodium hydroxide solutions were prepared. 50 mL potassium dihydrogen phosphate solution was placed in a 200 mL volumetric flask and 39.1 mL of 0.2 M sodium hydroxide solution was added, and finally, volume was made up to 200 mL with distilled water to prepare phosphate buffer (pH-7.4). 50 mL of phosphate buffer solution was added to equal amount of hydrogen peroxide to generate the free radicals and solution was kept at room temperature for 5 min to complete the reaction.
100 μL of different concentrations (50, 100,150, 200, 250, 300 μg/mL) in distilled water of each solvent extracts were added to 600 μL of hydrogen peroxide solution. After 30 min incubation in the dark, the absorbance at 230 nm was recorded using a UV–Vis Spectrophotometer. A reference stock solution of 800 μg/mL was prepared by dissolving 2 mg ascorbic acid in 2.5 mL of distilled water. Then, serial dilution with different concentrated solution was prepared (50, 100,150, 200, 250, 300 μg/mL). MeOH, EtOH and H2O were used as the blank for respective extracts. All determinations were performed in triplicate. The percent of inhibition were plotted against concentration from which IC50 values were calculated.
where, Ablank is the absorbance of the blank and Asample is absorbance the sample or standards.
The mass of the crude extracts obtained from 400 g leaves of V. amygdalina using methanol, ethanol and aqueous were 76, 54 and 28 g, respectively. The fact that methanol extracts most of the constituents in the plan material as shown in Table 1.
This study was conducted to determine the antioxidant activity of the MeOH, EtOH and H2O leaf extracts of V. amygdalina. A preliminary qualitative phytochemical investigation was conducted to distinguish the existence or nonexistence of secondary metabolites in each solvent leaf extracts. Phytochemical investigation of the plant revealed that the three solvent extracts contained numerous bioactive compounds namely alkaloids, tannins, saponins, phenols, terpenoids, steroids, glycosides and sugars (Table 2). Because of the polarity of solvents and progressive extraction strategy, the phytochemicals recognized were more or less the same.
Antioxidant and free-radical scavenging activities crude leave extracts.
Antioxidant activity extracts by DPPH assay
The antioxidant activity of leaf extracts has been studied by its ability to reduce DPPH. Interaction of antioxidant compounds with DPPH is based on the transfer of hydrogen atom or electron to DPPH radical and converts it to 1, 1- diphenyl-2- picrylhydrazine [49, 50]. The result of reduction DPPH radicals causes discoloration from purple color to yellow pale color which demonstrates the scavenging activity . The antioxidant activity of the three solvents extracts and ascorbic acid against DPPH assay was tested with concentrations ranging from 50 to 300 μg/ ml as the results shown in Table 3.
As shown in Table 3, both the MeOH and EtOH extracts were displayed a comparable and significant concentration-dependent free radical scavenging activity from 91.54% to 93% and 91.04% to 93.39%, respectively, compared with that of the standard AA 94.57% to 95.8%). The H2O leaf extract exhibited moderate activity from 60.73% to 91.48%. The IC50 values of DPPH assay for the H2O, MeOH and EtOH extracts were 111.4 μg/ml, 94.92 μg/ml and 94.83 μg/ml, respectively. While the standard antioxidant had an IC50 of 127.737 μg/ml. Low IC50 values correspond to high antioxidant activity . Thus, the EtOH extract had the highest antioxidant activity among the other leaves extract which has the smallest IC50 value at higher concentration.
Antioxidant activity of extracts by ABTS assay
The oxidation of ABTS with potassium persulfate generates ABTS radical cation . This radical cation gets reduced in the presence of hydrogen donating antioxidants . During this reaction, the blue ABTS radical cation was decolorized . The ABTS scavenging activity of the three extracts and the absorbance were given in Table 4.
As the above table depicts that, as the concentration of the extract increases, the percent of inhibition also increases. The relative antioxidant activity extracts to scavenge the radical ABTS+ has been compared with the standard ascorbic acid. I all extracts the maximum antioxidant scavenging activity was attained at concentration of 300 μg/mL. The H2O and EtOH extracts showed a very weak ABTS+ radical scavenging activity, compared with MeOH extract. The MeOH extracts were able to scavenge 61.98% of the ABTS+ radical and that of the standard ascorbic acid AA 90.4%. The IC50 values of ABTS assay for the H2O, MeOH and EtOH were 334.3, 179.8 and 256.9 μg/ml, respectively, while the standard antioxidant had an IC50 of 127.7 μg/ml.
Antioxidant activity of extracts by Phosphomolybdenum (TAC) assay
Phosphomolybdate assay measures the capacity of an extract to destroy a free radical by transferring an electron [56, 57]. The total antioxidant capacity (TCA) of leaf extracts of V. amygdalina was measured based on the reduction of molybdate (VI) to molybdate (V) . The antioxidant activity of each solvent extracts at various concentrations were given in the Table 5. The TCA of the three solvent extracts compared with the reference standard with the total antioxidant value 91.35%. TAC was found to be higher in MeOH extract (77.71%) followed by EtOH extract (68.29%) at a concentration of 300 μg/ml.
The IC50 value of MeOH extract was 133.3 μg/ml, EtOH extract was 176.5 μg/ml, and H2O extract was 250.8 μg/ml. AA was used as a reference standard with IC50 value of 98.96 μg/ml. The MeOH extracts have the IC50 value closer to the standard which corresponds to high antioxidant activity.
Hydrogen peroxide scavenging assay of extracts
The scavenging effect of different extracts of V. amygdalina on hydrogen peroxide was concentration-dependent (25–300 μg/mL) as shown in Table 6. The methanol extract displayed strong H2O2 scavenging activity (IC50 141.6 µg/mL), whereas water extract exhibited IC50 value 180.6 µg/mL.
All solvent extracts of tested plant exhibited concentration-dependent free radical scavenging activity. The MeOH extract showed good scavenging ability (70.38%). The antioxidant activity of EtOH and H2O extracts were 68.47% and 65.13% respectively at a concentration of 300 μg/l. The IC50 values of MeOH, EtOH, H2O extracts and standard AA extract were 141.6, 156, 180.6 and 112 μg/ml, respectively. The MeOH extract had higher antioxidant activity while the H2O extract had the lowest antioxidant activity. The overall comparison of the antioxidant activity of the three leaf extracts of V. amygdalina and the standard ascorbic acid in terms of IC50 (μg /ml) and scavenging activity at 300 μg /ml were given in Table 7.
The crude leaf extract contains phenolic and tannin compounds which are potential sources of antioxidants [58,59,60]. These bioactive compounds possess many biological properties including antioxidants such as anti-fungi [10, 11], antibacterial [11, 14], anti-inflammatory , antioxidant [12, 61], anticancer , antiviral . The below figures (Figs. 1 and 2) illustrates that the antioxidant scavenging activities of all solvent extraction in DPPH assay were found to be the highest as compared to the others assays at 300 µg/mL.
The antioxidant scavenging activities of the H2O, MeOH and EtOH extracts and AA were 91.48%, 93%, 93.39% and 95.8%, respectively (Table 7). ABTS assay method exhibited the lowest scavenging activity in all solvent extractions at 300 µg/mL.
In comparison, the experimental analysis of all extracts showed that for the entire examined leaf extracts rank order in terms of % inhibition and IC50 value: DPPH assay > TAC assay > H2O2 assay > ABTS assay as shown in Figs. 3, 4, 5 and 6. But it was also observed that all the sample extracts have lesser activity than that of standard AA (Fig. 6). In the various extracts the EtOH leaf showed 94.83 IC50 value in DPPH assay which is closer to the standard AA (Fig. 5). The least antioxidant activity was observed in H2O leaf extract which is 111.43 μg/mL in DPPH assay (Fig. 3). The ABTS assay method exhibited the least antioxidant activity in all solvent extractions with the IC50 values of 334.93 μg/mL, 256.89 μg/mL,179.75 μg/mL and 127.73 μg/mL for the H2O, MeOH, EtOH extracts and the standard ascorbic acid, respectively (Table 7 and Figs. 3, 4, 5 and 6). The MeOH and EtOH extracts have comparable antioxidant activity in DPPH assay with the IC50 values of 94.92 and 94.83 μg/mL, respectively (Figs. 4 and 5). However, for the remaining antioxidant assay methods the methanol extract exhibited the highest antioxidant activity and more potent than ethanol or aqueous extract.
The antioxidant activity of V. amygdalina was evaluated by DPPH assay, ABTS assay, TAC and H2O2 assay methods. The results showed that, compared to ethanol and aqueous extracts, a methanolic leave extract has a higher percentage of inhibition of DPPH radical scavenging activity and high total antioxidant capacity. From the results of in-vitro antioxidant assays, it can be concluded that the MeOH extract of V. amygdalina shown concentration-dependent significant free radical scavenging activity in the order DPPH > H2O2 assay > Phosphomolybdenum assay > ABTS, and the EtOH and H2O extracts shown a free radical scavenging activity in the order of DPPH > Phosphomolybdenum assay > H2O2 assay > ABTS. Moreover, DPPH assay method exhibited the highest scavenging activity in all solvent extractions. The lowest antioxidant activity was obtained in ABTS scavenging assay method which is attributed to higher IC50 value in all solvent extraction. Thus, the present study suggests that MeOH extract can be used as a good source of natural antioxidants for health benefits and further isolation of bioactive compounds are required for identifying the unknown compounds to establish their pharmacological properties. We recommend the isolation and characterization of the bioactive entities and the establishment of the antioxidant mechanism of action of the extract and pure isolates.
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This work was carried out at the Department of Chemistry Wollo University, Axum University, and Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia. All are acknowledged for creating conducive environment to perform experimental aspects.
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The plant materials were collected in October 2021 from the Amhara region of the South Wollo zone, Tehuledere district, Ethiopia. The plant was collected after getting written consent from the local authority and a special letter from Wollo University Postgraduate Office. Plant materials used in the study have been identified by Mr Belay Melese and the voucher number was deposited at the University Herbarium of Wollo University, Ethiopia. All methods were carried out in accordance with relevant guidelines and regulations of the university and experiments protocols were approved by Ethical Reviewing Committee of Wollo University.
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Hussen, E.M., Endalew, S.A. In vitro antioxidant and free-radical scavenging activities of polar leaf extracts of Vernonia amygdalina. BMC Complement Med Ther 23, 146 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12906-023-03923-y
- Vernonia Amygdalina
- Integrative medicine
- Ascorbic acid