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Título: Infusions of Portuguese medicinal plants: dependence of final antioxidant capacity and phenol content on extraction features
Autor: Gião, Maria S.
González-Sanjosé, Maria L.
Rivero-Pére, Maria D.
Pereira, Cláudia I.
Pintado, Manuela E.
Malcata, F. Xavier
Palavras-chave: Persea americana (Lauraceae)
Data: 2007
Editora: Wiley-Blackwell
Citação: "Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture". ISSN 0022-5142. 87: 14 (2007) 2638-2647
Resumo: BACKGROUND: Aqueous extracts of most medicinal plants traditionally employed in Portugal (at the ratio of 1 g plant: 110mL water) have been assayed for total antioxidant capacity and phenol content, in order to elucidate their claimed medicinal features. RESULTS: The antioxidant activity was assessed by theABTS•+ method; the ascorbic acid equivalent values ranged from 1.4280 ± 0.1261 g L−1 for avocado (Persea americana (Lauraceae)) obtained by infusion of powder, down to 0.0027 ± 0.0012 g L−1 for olive (Olea europaea (Oleaceae)) obtained by infusion of leaves. Total phenol content was determined by the Folin–Ciocalteu procedure; the gallic acid equivalent values ranged from 0.5541 ± 0.0289 g L−1 for avocado obtained by infusion of powder, down to 0.0053 ± 0.0014 g L−1 for olive obtained by boiling leaves. A good correlation between total antioxidant capacity and total phenol content was found. CONCLUSION: The method of powder infusion should be chosen if high concentration of antioxidants are sought. On the other hand, a high antioxidant capacity and a high phenol content correlate well with the empirically established (and widely publicised) capacity to treat respiratory infections.
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.14/6787
Versão do Editor: The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com
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