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Beta vulgaris Linn. is an important medicinal plant of family Chenopodiaceae. It is commonly known as Beet root or garden beet. The root is used in Indian traditional systems of medicine specifically for the treatment of fertility, hypertension, cancer and urinary tract disorders. As the herb is used widely in the Indian traditional systems of medicine, it was thought worthwhile to undertake the standardization of its roots. The quality control parameters like morphological and microscopic characters, physico-chemical parameters viz. extractive of plant with different solvents, ash values, foreign organic matter, loss on drying and pH of aqueous solution were determined. Total phenolic and total flavonoid content were also determined. The results obtained from preliminary pharmacognostic standardization of root of Beta vulgaris are very helpful in determination of quality and purity of the crude drug and its marketed formulation.
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Author(s): Adil Ahmad SH Ansari Javed Ahamad Kamran J Naquvi
Beta vulgaris, Chenopodiaceae, quality standards, WHO guideline.