NEW NATURAL SOURCE FOR VITAMINÂ–C
|V. N. Ariharan1, V. N. Meena Devi2, M. Rajakokhila1, and P. Nagendra Prasad1
|Received: 23 May 2012 Accepted: 30 May 2012|
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Vitamins are essential constituents for growth of the plant and animal body. Vitamin C plays an important role among the Vitamins. Vitamin C is needed in abundant quantity for the blood purification and the development of teeth, bones and gums. It also keeps the whole body in healthy condition. The major source of vitamin C is from plants like Orange, Lemon, Apple, Banana, Grapes, Cabbage, Potato, Lettuce and Brinjal. In this present communication the ethano botanical information obtained from the Kannikar tribes regarding the medicinal and other uses of Begonia floccifera and B.malabarica were recorded. The phytochemical analysis were carried out and found to contain Vitamin C in both the plants. As for as we are aware this is the first report regarding the presence of Vitamin C in the leaves. Antibacterial activity of the extracts of the plants was also evaluated.