Food and Nutrition Sciences

Volume 7, Issue 6 (May 2016)

ISSN Print: 2157-944X   ISSN Online: 2157-9458

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Main Polysaccharides Isolated and Quantified of Aloe vera Gel in Different Seasons of the Year

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DOI: 10.4236/fns.2016.76046    2,678 Downloads   4,390 Views  Citations

ABSTRACT

We developed and implemented a methodology that allowed extracting and evaluating high molecular weight polysaccharides present in the gel of Aloe barbadensis Miller. One of the fractions evaluated revealed the presence of high molecular weight carbohydrates (200 kDa) with a behavior similar to that of acemannan and another fraction with compounds of molecular weights between 17 and 47 kDa. We quantified the concentration of acemannan for two different growing periods. The concentration of acemannan in the high molecular weight fraction was 99.97 ppm in the rainy season and 106.03 ppm in the dry season. The concentration of acemannan in the fraction of low molecular weight was 9.364 ppm during the season of greatest rainfall and 26.939 ppm in the dry season.

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Aranda Cuevas, B. , Herrera Méndez, C. , Flores, I. , Solís-Pereira, S. , Cuevas-Glory, L. , Muñoz, G. , Vargas y Vargas, M. and Cortez, J. (2016) Main Polysaccharides Isolated and Quantified of Aloe vera Gel in Different Seasons of the Year. Food and Nutrition Sciences, 7, 447-453. doi: 10.4236/fns.2016.76046.

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