Prevention of Oxidant Stress by Student Rasayana (SR)
Free radicals are linked to many pathological events. The central nervous system contains a high concentration of polyunsaturated fatty acids which are prone to oxidative damage. Brain functions are inversely related to the level of free radicals1. Arachidonic acid and its lipoxygenase metabolites may act as second messengers in long-term potentiation, a process associated with learning2. Children taking SR, a natural herbal mixture which contains various antioxidants, showed higher intelligence levels compared to the control group3. We investigated whether the mechanism by which SR increases intelligence is through scavenging free radicals and/or enhancing the activity of lipoxygenase.
KeywordsArachidonic Acid Aqueous Extract Scavenge Free Radical Alcoholic Extract Linoleic Acid Oxidation
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