Scientific journal

45 2006

Journal of Food and Nutrition Research
Summary No. 3 / 2006

Antioxidant activity of some herbal extracts in rapeseed and sunflower oils
Journal of Food and Nutrition Research, 45, 2006, No. 3, s. 104-109

VÚP Food Research Institute, Biocentrum, Kostolná 7, SK-900 01 Modra, Slovakia. E-mail:

Summary: Antioxidant and prooxidant properties of natural antioxidant concentrates with high contents of flavonoids, carotenoids and phenolic acids were studied. Antioxidant concentrates from marigold (Calendula officinalis L.), basil (Ocimum basilicum L.), self-heal (Prunella vulgaris L.) and wool mullein (Verbascum densiflorum L.) were added to sunflower and rapeseed oil, respectively, at concentrations ranging from 2 to 200 oil. The Rancimat assay was used for the optimization of antioxidant doses of individual plant concentrates. The most effective antioxidant in both sunflower and rapeseed oil was the marigold concentrate (optimal dose was 10 and 30, respectively). Basil concentrate possessed an antioxidative effect comparable with the antioxidative effect of marigold concentrate - the optimal dose was 2

Keywords: plant extracts; vegetable oils; antioxidant; Rancimat assay

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