The antioxidant potential of Centella asiatica: A review
Jhansi D and Dr. Manjula Kola
Plants as a source of food, herbs, and medicines have been used for thousands of years in many traditional medicine systems. Growth and development in research on medicinal plant products has increased exponentially both in developed and developing nations. Possible reasons for this could include its therapeutically safe and effective action against mild and chronic diseases, and also its increased use as a dietary supplement. Since ancient times the traditional communities have been practicing precious knowledge about the use of the rich bio-sources of herbal remedies. In recent times, there has been a trend to use natural substances present in fruits, vegetables, oilseeds and herbs as antioxidants and rational foods. Centella Asiatica is one of the traditionally used as a medicinal herb and alternative medicine in treating numerous kinds of diseases. In food technology and food industry, the use of centella asiatica in food and beverages has increased over the years basically due to its beneficial functional properties. The present review is an comprehensive literature of the antioxidant potential in centella asiatica.