This study was planned to assess the antioxidant and free radical scavenging effect of D-carvone against L-NAME (Nω-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester hydrochloride) induced hypertension. Hypertension was encouraged in adult male albino rats of the Wistar strain, considering 180–230 g, by oral administration of the L-NAME (40 mg/kg/ body weight/day) in drinking water for 4 weeks. Rats were cured with D-carvone (5, 10 and 20 mg/kg body weight) for four weeks. A significant reduction in the levels of non-enzymatic antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E and reduced glutathione (GSH), in plasma were perceived in L-NAME induced hypertensive rats. Moreover, in vitro free radical scavenging activity of ABTS+ and DPPH• radical scavenging possible of D-carvone was also quantified. Treatment with D-carvone (5, 10 and 20 mg/kg bw) carries back all the above parameters to near usual level, in which 20 mg/kg displayed the highest effect than that of other two doses. Further, D-carvone displays concentration dependent antioxidant potential. These results suggest that D-carvone acts as an antioxidant and free radical scavenging agent against L-NAME induced hypertension.
International Letters of Natural Sciences (Volume 35)
T. Rajeshwari and B. Raja, "Antioxidant and Free Radical Scavenging Effect of D-Carvone in Hypertensive Rats In Vivo and In Vitro Study", International Letters of Natural Sciences, Vol. 35, pp. 6-12, 2015