Total antioxidant capacity of certain medicinal plants assesed with FRAP method and cyclic voltammetry

Maksimova, Viktorija and Ruskovska, Tatjana and Naumova, Galaba and Mirceski, Valentin and Jancovska, Maja (2012) Total antioxidant capacity of certain medicinal plants assesed with FRAP method and cyclic voltammetry. In: 22nd Congress of Chemists and Technologists of Macedonia, 05-09, September, 2012, Ohrid, R. Macedonia.

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Introduction: Antioxidants are substances that protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Many of the biological properties, including antimutagenic, anticarcinogenic and antiaging, among others, may originate from antioxidant property of many substances. Plant phenolic compounds (e.g. phenolic acids, flavonoids, quinones, coumarins, lignans, stilbenes, and tannins), nitrogen compounds (alkaloids, amines), carotenoids and vitamins are the most important plant substances presenting antioxidant activity. Aim of the study: The aim of this study was to analyze the total antioxidant levels of medicinal plants collected in the region of Malesevo Mountain, by two different methods and compare the results. Material and methods: Infusions used as samples were prepared from: Origanum vulgare L. (mountain tea), Mellisa officinalis L. (lemon balm), Hypericum perforatum L. (St. John’s wort), Thymus serpyllum L. (wild thyme) and Mentha piperita L. (mint tea). The total antioxidant capacity (TAC) of herb infusions was evaluated using the FRAP method (Ferric reducing/antioxidant power; photometric method) developed by Benzie and Strain. The total antioxidant capacity of these medicinal plants has also been studied in an ethanol/water phase by means of cyclic voltammetry (electrochemical method), by measuring the rate of the homogeneous redox rection with ABTS (2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulphonic acid)). Results: The results from the FRAP method showed that mountain tea has the highest total antioxidant capacity 27.45. Next in the line are: lemon balm, with TAC value of 19.54, St. John’s wort, 12.64, wild thyme, 9.45 and mint tea, 8.14. The results are expressed as mmol Fe2+ L-1. The results obtained with voltammetric technique confirm the same trend of descending of the TAC values in analyzed infusions. Conclusion: As a conclusion we can say that total antioxidant levels in infusions prepared from medicinal plants originated from our country exhibit strong antioxidant potential, and this fact justify their use as potent natural antioxidant agents. Both photometric and electrochemical methods can be used for assessment of total antioxidant levels in medicinal plants infusions.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Subjects: Medical and Health Sciences > Basic medicine
Natural sciences > Chemical sciences
Medical and Health Sciences > Health sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Medical Science
Depositing User: Tatjana Ruskovska
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2012 14:40
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2012 14:40

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