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Molecules 2010, 15(11), 7884-7892; doi:10.3390/molecules15117884
Communication

Prooxidant/Antioxidant Ratio (ProAntidex) as a Better Index of Net Free Radical Scavenging Potential

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Received: 6 September 2010; in revised form: 1 October 2010 / Accepted: 19 October 2010 / Published: 3 November 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Phenolics and Polyphenolics)
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Abstract: The antioxidant activity of several Malaysian plant extracts was analyzed simultaneously with their pro-oxidant capacity. This ratio represents an index (ProAntidex) of the net free radical scavenging ability of whole plant extracts. We observed that ethanolic extracts of Nephelium lappaceum peel, Fragaria x ananassa leaf, Lawsonia inermis leaf, Syzygium aqueum leaf and grape seed had a lower Pro-Antidex than the commercially available Emblica™ extract which is an antioxidant agent with very low pro-oxidant activity. Among the aqueous extracts, Lawsonia inermis leaf, Nephelium mutobile leaf and grape seed had lower pro-oxidant activity compared to the Emblica™ extract. Among these extracts, aqueous extract of Nephelium mutobile leaf had a very low index of 0.05 compared to 0.69 for Emblica™. Most of the extracts had a far lower ProAntidex compared to the Vitamin C. The index enables us to identify extracts with high net free radical scavenging activity potential. The ProAntidex is beneficial as a screening parameter to the food industries and healthcare.
Keywords: pro-oxidant; DPPH; reducing power; antioxidants; EmblicaTM pro-oxidant; DPPH; reducing power; antioxidants; EmblicaTM
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Ling, L.T.; Palanisamy, U.D.; Cheng, H.M. Prooxidant/Antioxidant Ratio (ProAntidex) as a Better Index of Net Free Radical Scavenging Potential. Molecules 2010, 15, 7884-7892.

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Ling LT, Palanisamy UD, Cheng HM. Prooxidant/Antioxidant Ratio (ProAntidex) as a Better Index of Net Free Radical Scavenging Potential. Molecules. 2010; 15(11):7884-7892.

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Ling, Lai Teng; Palanisamy, Uma D; Cheng, Hwee Ming. 2010. "Prooxidant/Antioxidant Ratio (ProAntidex) as a Better Index of Net Free Radical Scavenging Potential." Molecules 15, no. 11: 7884-7892.


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