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Fitoterapia. 2002 Dec;73(7-8):710-2.

Free radical scavenging effect of Diospyros kaki, Laminaria japonica and Undaria pinnatifida.

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Department of Medical Nutrition, Graduate School of East-West Medical Science, Kyung Hee University, Seoul 130-701, South Korea.


Diospyros kaki folium, Laminaria japonica thallus and Undaria pinnatifida thallus have been used traditionally in Korea to promote maternal health. The scavenging activity against DPPH (1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl) radicals of the methanol extracts of these plants were investigated. The extract of D. kaki was found to be the most potent, with an IC(50) value of 0.11 mg/ml.

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