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Lemongrass compounds show Antioxidant & Anti-genotoxic activity

February 18, 2012

Essential oils like citronella, found in the Ayurvedic Herb Lemongrass are, and have been, used widely in traditional cooking and medicine in Eastern cultures like India.

In previous research, essential oils have been reported to exhibit antimicrobial, anti parasitic effects against bacteria, yeasts, filamentous fungi, and viruses.  Sinha, et al tested extracts for their potential antigenotoxic and antioxidant properties in human lymphocyte cells.

The essential oils showed a good anti-genotoxic activity against methyl methanesulphonate (MMS) and hydrogen peroxide.   Meaning it has an ability to protect cellular genetic material, or DNA.

The data provide evidence that support the usage of essential oils from plants like Lemongrass can constitute a natural source of a new and safe antioxidants.

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