Correlation of antioxidant activity of dried berry infusions with the polyphenols and selected microelements contents

  • M. M. Bratu
  • S. Birghila
  • A. Popescu
  • B. S. Negreanu-Pirjol
  • T. Negreanu-Pirjol
Keywords: Mixed berry infusion, Antioxidant activity, Phenolic compounds, Microelements


Antioxidant activity was measured by ferric reducing ability of plasma (FRAP) assay in seven types of infusions prepared from commercial dried berry fruit products: Rosa canina, Vaccinium vitis-idaea, Hiphophae rhamnoides, Hibiscus sabdariffa and three fruit mixtures. Total polyphenols (TP), total anthocyanins and the polyphenolic compounds were determined by HPLC equipped with diode array detector. To estimate the amount of elements released from fruits into the water extracts, levels of Fe, Mn, Zn and Cu in dried samples and in infusions were determined by flame atomic absorption spectrometry. The correlation between polyphenols content and the antioxidant activities and the microelements in the infusions and the antioxidant activities were estimated using the Pearson’s correlation test. The results showed a high, positive and significant correlation (r = 0.9465) between the FRAP values and TP content, meaning that the concentration of phenolic compounds may be a good indicator of the reducing capacity in the infusions. Correlations varied (positive, negative and weak) between antioxidant and mineral extractability of berry infusions. Among the polyphenolic compounds, gallic acid contributed particularly to the antioxidant capacity of the studied samples (r = 0.563). The correlation of antioxidants, total polyphenols with mineral extractability showed the influence of antioxidant compound on mineral bioavailability.


KEY WORDS: Mixed berry infusion, Antioxidant activity, Phenolic compounds, Microelements


Bull. Chem. Soc. Ethiop. 2018, 32(1), 1-12



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