Quality control of maca-containing (lepidium meyenii walp.) dietary supplements

Z. S. Hajdu, L. Lorántfy, N. Jedlinszki, K. Boros, J. Hohmann, D. Csupor

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Abstract

The radish-like hypocotyls of Maca (Lepidium meyenii Walp., Brassicaceae) are widely consumed as common vegetable in the Andean highlands. It is considered as healthy food, rich in carbohydrates and protein, a herbal medicine with a general invigorating reputation and fertility and sexual performance enhancer. The latter is the most popular contemporary application of the plant in Europe. The number and variety of industrial products on the market is increasing. Here we report the development of a simple and reliable analytical protocol for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of maca content of preparations and for the detection of synthetic phosphodiesterase inhibitors. Fourteen products were analysed by the method based on TLC and HPLC-DAD analysis developed by us. Our experiments revealed that beside good-quality products, the majority of the multicomponent preparations did not contain the declared herbal component or the quantity of the measured macamide was very low. Furthermore, one preparation is adulterated with a synthetic phosphodiesterase inhibitor. The presented method is suitable for quality control of L. meyenii products.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-467
Number of pages7
JournalActa Alimentaria
Volume44
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2015

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Lepidium
Lepidium meyenii
Dietary Supplements
Quality Control
quality control
dietary supplements
Phosphodiesterase Inhibitors
Brassicaceae
Raphanus
Hypocotyl
Herbal Medicine
herbal medicines
qualitative analysis
radishes
Vegetables
product quality
hypocotyls
Fertility
quantitative analysis
highlands

Keywords

  • Dietary supplement
  • Lepidium meyenii
  • Maca
  • Potency enhancer

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  • Food Science

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Quality control of maca-containing (lepidium meyenii walp.) dietary supplements. / Hajdu, Z. S.; Lorántfy, L.; Jedlinszki, N.; Boros, K.; Hohmann, J.; Csupor, D.

In: Acta Alimentaria, Vol. 44, No. 3, 01.07.2015, p. 461-467.

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Hajdu, ZS, Lorántfy, L, Jedlinszki, N, Boros, K, Hohmann, J & Csupor, D 2015, 'Quality control of maca-containing (lepidium meyenii walp.) dietary supplements', Acta Alimentaria, vol. 44, no. 3, pp. 461-467. https://doi.org/10.1556/066.2015.44.0018
Hajdu, Z. S. ; Lorántfy, L. ; Jedlinszki, N. ; Boros, K. ; Hohmann, J. ; Csupor, D. / Quality control of maca-containing (lepidium meyenii walp.) dietary supplements. In: Acta Alimentaria. 2015 ; Vol. 44, No. 3. pp. 461-467.
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