This review article has attempted to analyze the folk utility of important medicinal plants having valuable secondary metabolites used for the treatment of a variety of diseases. It is estimated that two-thirds of the total medicinal plants are used for the treatment of various diseases. Some medicinal plants are known for great antioxidant properties. Antioxidants reduce oxidative stress in cells. Antioxidants are useful for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, inflammatory diseases, and cancers. This review article discloses the naturally occurring antioxidants and their sources. Medicinal plants with such a high potential of antioxidants have been part of folk medicine over centuries. It denotes a high potential for cure with no side effect. These can be utilized in the food industry and used in preventive medication.

Article History

Received: July 05, 2021; Accepted: Aug 09, 2021; Published: Dec 31, 2021