EFFECT OF STORAGE ON THE VITAMIN C CONTENT OF SOME MEDICINAL PLANTS.

Komal S. Bhise, Trisa Joseph Palathingal

Abstract


Herbal medicines are known to mankind as one of the oldest form of healthcare. The leaves of some plants such as Ocimum sanctum L., Ocimumbasilicum L., CoriandrumsativumL, Menthaviridis L. contain Vitamin C content which is known to be  responsible for curing cardiovascular diseases, prenatal health problems, eye disease, skin wrinkling and  protection against immune system deficiencies. These  medicinal plants are highly valued for their medicinal and aromatic properties in the traditional as well as modern pharmacological system. In the present work, the effect of storage and seasons on the vitamin C content of four, very common medicinaly important plants i.e, Ocimum sanctum L., OcimumbasilicumL., CoriandrumsativumL. Andmentha viridisL. was studied. The vitamin C content  in all these plants studied was found to be maximum during winter season.


Keywords


Medicinal plants, Environmental botany, vitamin C content, Storage.

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