Chemical composition and antioxidant activity of Saussurea involucrata seed
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Saussurea involucrata Kar. et Kir. (snow lotus) is an endangered and rare plant, which belongs to the family Asteraceae. The snow lotus, as traditional folk medicine, has been used in the treatment of rheumatic arthritis, gynopathy, stomachache, and altitude sickness [1, 2, 3]. It was found that this plant had anti-inflammatory, cardiotonic, abortifacient, anticancer, and antifatigue effects [4, 5, 6]. In addition, coumarins, flavonoids, guaianolides, and sesquiterpene lactones have been reported from the snow lotus [7, 8, 9]. However, no study on the chemical composition and antioxidant activity of snow lotus seed has been reported so far.
KeywordsAntioxidant Activity Flavonoid DPPH Rutin Total Phenolic Content
We are grateful to the China National Fund for Distinguished Young Scientists No. 30925045 and the CAS/SAFEA International Partnership Program for Creative Research Teams for support of this study. We are also grateful to Dr. Weijun Yang (Xinjiang Institute of Pharmacy, China) for the identification of snow lotus seed.
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