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Stigmasterol variation in a Medhya Rasayan plant (Centella asiatica L.: Apiaceae) collected from different regions

Chowdhary A., Chaturvedi P.*, and Memon R.

Haffkine Institute for Training Research and Testing Acharya Dondeji Marg Parel, Mumbai 400012, India E-mail:pratibha.c@rediffmail.com


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Medhya Rasayanas are group of medicinal plants described in Ayurveda (Indian system of medicine) with multi-fold benefits, specifically to improve memory and intellect by Prabhava. The study deals with the estimation of stigmasterol content, a chief ingredient in the Centella asiatica, (a part of Medhya Rasayana) collected from different regions of India. Stigmasterol is a chief phytosterol in this neurologically important plant, which has been proved as a useful substance in medication of Alzheimer’s disease. The plant collected from Panvel was observed the best source of stigmasterol (0.0582%) as compared to others.
Year 2014 | Volume No. 51 | Issue No.03 | Page No. 44-49
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