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Food Chem Toxicol. 2010 May;48(5):1230-3. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2009.12.033. Epub 2010 Feb 16.

Evaluation of metal concentration and antioxidant activity of three edible mushrooms from Mugla, Turkey.

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Mugla University, Faculty of Science and Literature, Department of Chemistry, Mugla 48000, Turkey.


This study is designed for the determination of metal concentrations, antioxidant activity potentials and total phenolics of Amanita caesarea, Clitocybe geotropa and Leucoagaricus pudicus. Concentrations of four heavy metals (Pb, Cd, Cr, Ni) and five minor elements (Zn, Fe, Mn, Cu, Co) are determined. In the case of A. caesarea, Cr and Ni concentrations are found in a high level. Concentrations of the metals are found to be within safe limits for C. geotropa. In beta-carotene/linoleic acid test, L. pudicus showed the highest activity potential. In DPPH system, A. caesarea showed 79.4% scavenging ability. Additionally, reducing power and chelating capacity of the mushrooms increased with concentration. The strongest super-oxide anion scavenger was A. caesarea. In the case of total phenolics, L. pudicus found to have the highest content.

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