Antioxidant and antidiabetic activities of extracts from Cirsium japonicum roots.
Nutr Res Pract. 2008 ;2(4):247-51. Epub 2008 Dec 31. PMID: 20016726
This study investigated the antioxidant activity of methanol (MeOH) and water extracts from roots of Cirsium japonicumin vitro. MeOH extract showed a stronger free radical scavenging activity than water extract. However, both of extracts showed a concentration dependent hydroxyl radical scavenging activity, reducing power and metal chelating ability. MeOH extract had greater phenolic and flavonoid contents than water extract. The antidiabetic activity of these two extracts was evaluated by the alpha-glucosidase inhibition assay. The water extract showed a considerable alpha-glucosidase inhibitory activity. To our knowledge, this may be the first time to report the antioxidant and antidiabetic activities in Cirsium japonicum roots.