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Investigation on the Antimicrobial and Antioxidant Activity of Custard Apple (Annona reticulata) Peel Extracts
Background: Custard apple or sugar apple can be called as a delicacy of dry region due to its very sweet delicate flesh. The peel of custard apple contains tannins, acetogenin and alkaloids which is beneficial in the treatment of several types of cancer and tumors. Methodology/Principal Findings: The present study was taken up to investigate the phytochemical composition, antimicrobial potential, antioxidant activity of the fruit peel wastes of custard apple. The phytochemical screening of the fruit peel revealed the presence of Carbohydrates, Saponins, Phenols and Terpenoids .The antioxidant property of the peel extract was evaluated using DPPH free radical scavenging and FRAP assay. The antimicrobial test results showed that the raw fruit peel extract had a great potential antimicrobial activity against all the bacteria and fungal species selected for testing.Conclusions/Significance: The results presented here may suggest that the raw fruit peel extracts possesses antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, and is therefore a potential source of ingredients for the food and pharmaceutical industry.
Annona reticulata, Antimicrobial, Antioxidant.
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