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J Agric Food Chem. 2005 Jan 26;53(2):282-8.

Castanea sativa Mill. leaves as new sources of natural antioxidant: an electronic spin resonance study.

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Laboratoire de Biophysique and Laboratoire de Pharmacognosie, Faculté de Pharmacie, UPRES EA 1085, Biomolécules et Cibles Cellulaires Tumorales, 2 rue du Dr. Marcland, 87025 Limoges, France.


The antioxidant potential of Castanea sativa Mill. leaf (sweet chestnut) was explored as a new source of active extracts. The capacity of the different fractions issued from aqueous, methanol, and ethyl acetate extracts to inhibit the stable free radical 2,2-diphenyl-1-pycryl-hydrazyl, superoxide anion, and hydroxyl radical was measured by electronic spin resonance. Their scavenging potential was analyzed versus their amount of phenolic compounds. Among the active fractions, the most effective one was A6, an ethyl acetate fraction, which contained a high level of total phenolic compounds (29.1 g/100 g). Thus, a different extraction procedure was performed to concentrate the active compounds of A6 in the new C. sativa leaf extract (CSLE). Compared to reference antioxidants (quercetin and vitamin E) and standard extracts (Pycnogenol, from French Pinus maritima bark, and grape marc extract), it was observed that A6 and CSLE have high antioxidant potentials, equivalent to at least those of reference compounds.

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