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Table 1 Total policosanol content and antioxidant capacity of milk thistle oil, at three seed maturity stages

From: Policosanol composition, antioxidant and anti-arthritic activities of milk thistle (Silybium marianum L.) oil at different seed maturity stages

Maturation stage Policosanol content (mg/kg oil) DPPHa scaveninig ability ATBSb scaveninig ability
Immature 987.68 ± 16.41 96.42 ± 2.28 90.35 ± 2.6
Intermediate Mature 612.24 ± 5.89 84.46 ± 1.52 77.48 ± 1.8
574.49 ± 6.34 76.52 ± 1.76 70.25 ± 1.34
  1. Values were expressed as means ± SD of triplicate experiments
  2. aDPPH 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl radical and results are expressed as percentage of inhibition of DPPH by the oil
  3. bABTS : 2,2′-azino-bis (3-ethyl-benzthiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) and results are expressed as percentage of inhibition of ABTS by the oil