Antioxidative Activities of Medicinal Plants from TCM
Qi-Mei Liu and Jian-Guo Jiang
Pages 1154-1172 (19)
As a natural antioxidant resource, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been paid much more attentions
than before. The studies on its antioxidative activity have also increased dramatically in recent years. Abundant studies on
TCM show that some TCM can increase body's activity of antioxidant enzymes, enhance body's ability of scavenging free
radicals and decrease the generation of lipid peroxide (LPO) and malondialdehyde (MDA) in the body etc. The action
mechanism of TCM is closely related to its active constituents, including polysaccharides, quinines, flavonoids, saponins,
alkaloids, terpenes, phenolic acids compounds and tannins etc. Through referring to related reports on TCM, in the last 20
years, this paper reviews literatures involved in antioxidation research on TCM. Antioxidative mechanism, functional
property and application prospect of some active constituents with antioxidation in TCM are discussed.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), antioxidative effect, antioxidative mechanism, active constituents, lipid peroxide, in vivo, in vitro, enzymes, Polysaccharides
College of Food and Bioengineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, 510640, China.