Volume No. 11 Issue No.: 2 Page No.: 263-271 October-December 2016
STUDIES ON ANTIOXIDANT POTENTIAL OF TWO DIFFERENT SOLVENT EXTRACT FROM RAW AND HYDROTHERMAL PROCESSED SAMP- LES OF Artocarpus altilis (Parkinson) Fosberg AND Colocasia esculenta (L) Schott
Saipriya V.*, Aathira M., Sijo J., Abirami A., Dhanya V. and Siddhuraju P.
Department of Environmental Sciences Bioresource Technology Lab, School of Life Sciences, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu (INDIA)
Received on : September 17, 2016
Overproduction of free radicals or reactive oxygen species (ROS) contributes to oxidative stress, which leads to damage of proteins, DNA and lipids that is associated with chronic degenerative diseases, including cancer, coronary artery diseases, hypertension and diabetes etc. The human body has an elaborate antioxidant defence system. Antioxidants are manufactured within the body and can also be extracted from the food humans eat such as fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, meats and oil. Ironically the largest numbers of people suffering from micro nutrient malnutrition live in south Asia, a region with an incredible diversity of fruits and vegetables that are excellent sources of micronutrients. To overcome this challenge, the safest, nutritious and wholesome food for poor and underutilized populations is essential and resulted in the search for inexpensive and reliable alternative sources of protein of plant origin. Hence the present study is focused to evaluate the functional, nutritional, anti-nutritional, antioxidant and feed potentiality of raw and hydrothermally processed samples of A. altilis and (Parkinson) Forsberg and C. esculenta (L) Schott. Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food which meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. Hence the research can contribute to the health benefits of the weaker society or to the unhealthy population of our country. Further the utilization prospectus of the A. altilis and C. esculenta could be exploited and advocated for wider consumption and conservation in rural vicinity.
Keywords : Antioxidants, Free radicals, Flavonoids, A. altilis, C. esculenta