Okenwa Uchenna Igwe* and Donat
Polyphenolic compounds possess high degree of physiological and pharmacological benefits. They have the ability to scavenge free radicals and microorganisms, hence they possess antioxidant and antimicrobial activities. Other activities shown by polyphenolic compounds are anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antimalaria, immune-stimulating, antiallergic and vasolidatory. Analysis of the bioactive components from the stem exudates of Brachystegia eurycoma Harms resulted in the isolation of bis-6,6-methylenebis (4-tert-butyl-2-methylphenol). The structure was elucidated using IR, NMR and MS spectroscopic data.