Medicinal & Aromatic Plants

Medicinal & Aromatic Plants
Open Access

ISSN: 2167-0412

Assi M

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, Beirut Arab University, 115020 Beirut, Lebanon

  • Special Issue Article   
    Role of Antioxidants in the Antidiabetic Potential of Two Indigenous Lebanese Inula Species
    Author(s): Assi M*, Ela MA, Raafat K and El-Lakany A

    Inula species grown in Lebanon are known to have beneficial effects in improving human health. Several Inula species are used in traditional medicine as expectorants, antitussives, diaphoretics, antiemetics, and bactericides. In this study, different extracts of two Lebanese Inula species [Asteraceae], Inula viscosa [I. viscosa] and Inula vulgaris [I. vulgaris] aerial parts, were investigated for their in vivo and in vitro antioxidant and antidiabetic potential. Since increased oxidative stress has been linked to a shortening of life span, the antioxidant effect was studied due to the increased rate of oxidative damage during diabetes. Antioxidant activities of various extracts of the plant parts were measured using in vitro quenching of diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl free radical [DPPH radical scaven.. View More»

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