Antioxidant and Antimicrobial Activities of Larrea Divaricata Cav. Aqueous Extract on Vitamin C from Natural Orange Juice


Larrea divaricata Cav. is a South American plant widely distributed in Argentina with reported antioxidant and antim- icrobial activities. Vitamin C (Vit C) the most important water-soluble antioxidant, is degraded upon factors such as oxygen, heat, light, storage time and temperature, during cooking and in presence of microorganisms. The aim of this work was: to study the antioxidant and antimicrobial activity of an aqueous extract of L. divaricata (E) on Vit C pre- pared in water and on Vit C from natural orange juice, submitted to different store conditions such as temperatures and oxygen. The antioxidant activity was determined by DPPH method and used to obtained the relative Vit C concentra- tion; Vit C decreased its activity and concentration under temperature and air oxygen, but E allowed Vit C to recover its antioxidant activity and prevented Vit C microorganism contamination. These studies were performed in view to es- tablish whether L. divaricata can be used as a supplement on orange juices capable to prevent Vit C decay and micro- bial growth.

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P. Micucci, M. Alonso, S. Turner, R. Davicino and C. Anesini, "Antioxidant and Antimicrobial Activities of Larrea Divaricata Cav. Aqueous Extract on Vitamin C from Natural Orange Juice," Food and Nutrition Sciences, Vol. 2 No. 1, 2011, pp. 35-46. doi: 10.4236/fns.2011.21005.

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