Mineral elements profile, bioactive compounds and antioxidant capacity of wild blueberry and of pharmaceutical preparations from blueberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)

Tünde Jurca, Laura Vicaș, Imre Tóth, M. Braun, Eleonora Marian, Alin Teusdea, Simona Vicaș, Mariana Mureșan

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Abstract

In this work, we investigated the mineral profile, the bioactive compounds (phenols, flavonoids) content and the antioxidant capacity of wild blueberries and their pharmaceutical preparations (tea, alcoholic extract and capsules). The highest content of phenols and flavonoids was recorded in the alcoholic sample (813.42 ± 15.55 mg GAE- gallic acid equivalent/100 g and 1425.44 ± 1.94 mg QE- quercetin equivalent/100 g), and the highest antioxidant capacity was recorded in fresh blueberries and in the tea derived from these fruits. The mineral elements composition analysis revealed high contents of manganese (8.7956 mg/kg) in the fresh fruits and the antioxidant capacity was strongly linked to the phenols and flavonoid content, as to the content of metals like Zn, Mn and Cu. Our results obtained in this study indicated that the pharmaceutical preparations derived from blueberry have antioxidant potential and high concentrations of bioactive compounds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)581-587
Number of pages7
JournalFarmacia
Volume64
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Antioxidant capacity
  • Bioactive compounds
  • Mineral content
  • Vaccinium myrtillus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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