Int. J. Biosci.22(2), 66-72, February 2023
Plants provide a wealth of medicinal benefits even for severe illnesses. Medicinal herbs are commonly used to treat and prevent a variety of illnesses. They often contain phytochemicals that contribute to developing novel medications to combat the threat of resistant strains. The current study investigated a medicinal plant commonly used in the northern part of Mindanao. The pitcher plant (Nephentes bellii) is a carnivorous plant that is endemic to the area. Nephentes bellii, ethanolic pitchers extract was evaluated for its medicinal property through phytochemical analysis and antioxidant capacity utilizing 2, 2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH). Results revealed that Nephentes bellii pitchers contain bioactive compounds that are essential components in a medical plant, such as; Alkaloids, Anthraquinones, Flavonoids, Saponins, Steroids, and Tannins. Moreover, the Nephentes bellii ethanolic pitcher extracts possess a potent free radical scavenging activity.
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