Evaluation of pigments from methanolic extract of <i>Tagetes erecta</i> and <i>Beta vulgaris</i> as antioxidant and antibacterial agent

<p>The Total Phenolic Content (TPC), antioxidant and antibacterial activities of methanolic extract of Marigold flower (MF) (<i>Tagetes erecta</i>) and Beet root (BR) (<i>Beta vulgaris</i>) were examined. The present work reveals that MF contained greater amount of TPC (42.5 mg/g GAE) as compared to BR (39.4 mg/g GAE). Methanolic extract of MF exhibited excellent DPPH free radical scavenging power (IC<sub>50</sub> 0.0716 mg/mL) and reducing power at 1 mg/mL concentration. Similar results have been obtained in FTC and TBA method. The results of antibacterial test indicated that the methanolic extract of MF and BR is significantly effective against both type of Gram-negative (<i>Escherichia coli, Shigella dysenteriae</i>) and Gram-positive (<i>Bacillus subtilis, Staphylococcus aureus</i>) bacterial strains. Therefore, the present study suggests that the Marigold and BR are promising source of herbal medicinal products with noteworthy antioxidant and antibacterial activity.</p>