Journal of Food Science and Technology

, Volume 51, Issue 10, pp 2415–2424 | Cite as

Antioxidant capacity and amino acid analysis of Caralluma adscendens (Roxb.) Haw var. fimbriata (wall.) Grav. & Mayur. aerial parts

  • Vellingiri MaheshuEmail author
  • Deivamarudhachalam Teepica Priyadarsini
  • Jagathala Mahalingam Sasikumar
Original Article


Caralluma adscendens (Roxb.) Haw var. fimbriata (wall.) Grav. & Mayur. is a traditional food consumed as vegetable or pickle in arid regions of India and eaten during famines. In Indian traditional medicine, the plant is used to treat diabetes, inflammation and etc. The aim of this study was to evaluate the antioxidant properties (DPPH, TEAC, TAA, FRAP, OH˙ and NO˙ radical scavenging activities) of the different extracts from aerial parts. The levels of total phenolics and flavonoids of the extracts were also determined. The extracts were found to have different levels of antioxidant properties in the test models used. Methanol and water extracts had good total phenolic and flavonoid contents showed potent antioxidant and free radical scavenging activities. The antioxidant activity was correlated well with the amount of total phenolics present in the extracts. The extracts and its components may be used as an additive in food preparations and nutraceuticals.


Amino acid analysis Caralluma adscendens var. fimbriata FRAP Phosphomolybdenum method Ascorbic acid equivalent antioxidant capacity (AEAC) 



The authors are grateful to the Management, Karpagam Educational Institutions for generous support and encouragement to carry out the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vellingiri Maheshu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Deivamarudhachalam Teepica Priyadarsini
    • 2
  • Jagathala Mahalingam Sasikumar
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiotechnologyNehru Arts and Science CollegeCoimbatoreIndia
  2. 2.Department of BiotechnologyKarpagam UniversityCoimbatoreIndia

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