A selection of wild plants collected in Valsesia (Northwest Italy) was screened for their in vitro antioxidant activity. Aerial parts of selected plants were dried at room temperature and powdered. Then, four sequential extractions were performed with increasing polarity solvents, i.e. n-hexane, chloroform, chloroform-methanol (9:1, v/v) and methanol. By employing different assays, it was shown that all the methanol extracts of the samples collected were endowed with antioxidant activity, though, as expected, their potency varied according to the different tests. In particular, plants of the Thymus and Achillea genus displayed the highest activity. Given that a diet rich in wild plants is associated with a reduced incidence of degenerative diseases, such as atherosclerosis and cancer, this study suggests that some Valsesia plants could be pharmaceutically exploited.
Antioxidant activity of wild plants collected in Valsesia, an Alpine Region of Northern Italy / S. Vitalini, S. Grande, F. Visioli, E. Agradi, G. Fico, F. Tomè. - In: PHYTOTHERAPY RESEARCH. - ISSN 0951-418X. - 20:7(2006), pp. 576-580.
|Titolo:||Antioxidant activity of wild plants collected in Valsesia, an Alpine Region of Northern Italy|
VITALINI, SARA (Primo)
GRANDE, SIMONA (Secondo)
FICO, GELSOMINA (Penultimo)
TOME', FRANCA (Ultimo)
|Parole Chiave:||antioxidants ; polyphenols ; wild plants ; folk medicine|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore BIO/15 - Biologia Farmaceutica|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2006|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ptr.1910|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|