Antioxidant properties of some plants growing wild in Turkey


  • A. Serteser Afyon Kocatepe University, Afyonkarahisar
  • M. Kargıoğlu Afyon Kocatepe University, Afyonkarahisar
  • V. Gök Afyon Kocatepe University, Afyonkarahisar
  • Y. Bağci Selcuk University, Konya
  • M. Musa Özcan Selcuk University, Konya
  • D. Arslan Selcuk University, Konya



Antioxidant activity, Chelating activities, Extracts, Medicinal and aromatic plants, Radical scavenging


In this study, the antioxidant activity of 50% aqueous methanol extracts of 38 plants growing in the Afyonkarahisar province of Turkey were evaluated by various antioxidant assay, including free radical scavenging, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) scavenging and metal (Fe2+) chelating activities. The methanolic fruit extracts of the Cornus and Morus species (H2O2 and DPPH scavenging activities, Fe2+ chelating activity) and the methanolic leaf extracts of the Mentha species (DPPH scavenging activities) examined in the assay showed the strongest activities. These antioxidant properties depended on the concentration of samples.


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Serteser A, Kargıoğlu M, Gök V, Bağci Y, Özcan MM, Arslan D. Antioxidant properties of some plants growing wild in Turkey. Grasas aceites [Internet]. 2009Jun.30 [cited 2024Apr.12];60(2):147-54. Available from: