Morinda citrifolia is a fruit-bearing tree of the coffee family, Rubiaceae, and contains chemical constituents such as flavonoids, alkaloids and terpenoids. Sterols and minerals have been isolated from this plant. The pharmacological properties of this plant, based on scientific research, claim to be antibacterial and antiulcerogenic. The present study is based on the evaluation of preliminary phytochemical, cytotoxic and antioxidant activities of the leaf of Morinda citrifolia. The components from Morinda citrifolia leaves were subjected to phytochemical screening tests, using standard procedures. The antioxidant activity was measured by using the 1, 1- diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) assay and ferric reducing power assay. The dose-dependent increase was observed in the DPPH activity of the leaf (0.25, 0.50, 1 μg/ml). Components were investigated for their short term cytotoxicity on the DLA cells by trypan blue dye exclusion method. Morinda citrifolia leaf was proved to be an effective anticancer and antioxidant agent. These results suggest that Morinda citrifolia has the potential of antioxidant and antitumor activity that support the ethnopharmacological uses of this plant. The remarkable activity showed by the plant could be attributed to the synergic effect of the active compounds present in it.
This book is written by Jesy. E.J from Venkitangu, Thrissur district, Kerala. She completed her B.Sc. Chemistry in 2006 and B.Ed in 2009 from Calicut University. She did M.Sc. in 2011 from Calicut University as well. During his PG, she cleared UGC NET. She did her PhD in the field of phytochemistry. She has a teaching experience of 6 years. She also has an experience of 2 years as a UGC Major Project Fellow at Vimala College, Thrissur. Till now, she has presented 2 paper at the UGC sponsored national seminar and one at OMICS International Conference, Hyderabad. She has published 8 papers in various reputed journals.
The co-author of the book is Lovely Jacob. A from Arthat, Thrissur district, Kerala. She completed B.Sc. Chemistry and M.Sc from Calicut University. She did her PhD in the field of inorganic complexe. She has seven years of teaching experience as Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry of Little Flower College, Guruvayoor. She has been the Nodal Officer of UGC sponsored B. Voc Programmes and Unnat Bharat Abhiyan since 2018. She has published 9 papers in various reputed journals. So far, she has presented 10 papers in various seminars.