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Food Chem. 2008 Jun 1;108(3):1019-22. doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2007.11.046. Epub 2007 Nov 28.

Antioxidative activity of Rosmarinus officinalis L. essential oil compared to its main components.

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1
Key Laboratory of Forest Plant Ecology, Northeast Forestry University, 150040 Harbin, PR China.
2
Key Laboratory of Forest Plant Ecology, Northeast Forestry University, 150040 Harbin, PR China. Electronic address: zygorl@vip.hl.cn.

Abstract

This study was designed to examine the in vitro antioxidant activities of Rosmarinus officinalis L. essential oil compared to three of its main components (1,8-cineole, α-pinene, β-pinene). GC-MS analysis of the essential oil resulted in the identification of 19 compounds, representing 97.97% of the oil, the major constituents of the oil were described as 1,8-cineole (27.23%), α-pinene (19.43%), camphor (14.26%), camphene (11.52%) and β-pinene (6.71%). The oil and the components were subjected to screening for their possible antioxidant activity by means of 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) assay and β-carotene bleaching test. In the DPPH test system, free radical-scavenging activity of R. officinalis L. essential oil, 1,8-cineole, α-pinene and β-pinene were determined to be 62.45%±3.42%, 42.7%±2.5%, 45.61%±4.23% and 46.21%±2.24% (v/v), respectively. In the β-carotene bleaching test system, we tested series concentration of samples to show the antioxidant activities of the oil and its main components, whereas the concentrations providing 50% inhibition (IC50) values of R. officinalis L. essential oil, 1,8-cineole, α-pinene and β-pinene were 2.04%±0.42%, 4.05%±0.65%, 2.28%±0.23% and 2.56%±0.16% (v/v), respectively. In general, R. officinalis L. essential oil showed greater activity than its components in both systems, and the antioxidant activities of all the tested samples were mostly related to their concentrations. Antioxidant activities of the synthetic antioxidant, ascorbic acid and BHT, were also determined in parallel experiments as positive control.

KEYWORDS:

1,8-Cineole; Antioxidant activities; GC–MS; Rosmarinus officinalis L.; α-Pinene; β-Pinene

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