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Evaluation of proximate, free radical scavenging activity, and phytochemical analysis of Equisetum Arvense L. extracts

Badole, Smita ; Kotwal, Swati

Abstract

Medicinal properties of Equisetum arvense L. have been recognised since ancient times and are used in the treatment of various diseases. It is reported to contain 5-8 % elemental silica. Recently, silica has been reported to promote collagen synthesis and help bone mineralization. It was therefore hypothesized that its inclusion to the basic supplement of calcium, vitamin D, and zinc may prove beneficial to osteoporotic patients. The present study was thus undertaken. Its nutritional activity and radical scavenging potential were also included in the study as these are other aspects reported to help patients of osteoporosis. The results show that ethanolic extract of aerial parts of E. arvense may prove beneficial in the anabolic treatment of osteoporosis by boosting bone formation activity.

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Equisetum arvense L., Phytochemical, Proximate, Radical scavenging activity

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