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dc.contributor.author Reynertson, Kurt A. en_US
dc.contributor.author Basile, Margaret J. en_US
dc.contributor.author Kennelly, Edward J. en_US
dc.date.available 2007-06-20T03:58:26Z en_US
dc.date.issued 2005 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Reynertson KA, Basile MJ, Kennelly EJ. 2005. Antioxidant potential of seven Myrtaceous fruits. Ethnobotany Research & Applications 3:25-36. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1547-3465 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/151 en_US
dc.description.abstract Many fruits of the Myrtaceae have a rich history of use both as edibles and as traditional medicines in divergent ethnobotanical practices throughout the tropical and subtropical world. From South America to Southeast Asia, these fruits have been used for a wide variety of ailments, including cough, diabetes, dysentery, inflammation and ringworm. These same fruits are also used to make many food products. Based on information regarding ethnomedical use, known phytochemistry, fruit color, popularity as edibles and availability, the fruits of several edible species from the subtribe Eugeniinae have been selected for phytochemical analysis in an attempt to discover new antioxidants. The fruits of six species in this group have shown a strong antioxidant activity in the 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhy-drazyl chemical assay. The UV absorbance spectrum of the most active compound in Eugenia uniflora L. indicates that it is a flavonoid. Polyphenolic compounds like flavonoids have an enormous range of biological activity and are known to inhibit oxidative damage in vivo better than the classical vitamin antioxidants. In plants, they protect against lipid peroxidation and UV damage that can affect tropical fruits growing under severe conditions including high heat and intense sunlight. en_US
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawaii at Manoa en_US
dc.subject ethnobotany en_US
dc.subject antioxidants en_US
dc.subject Myrtaceae en_US
dc.subject fruit (food) en_US
dc.subject medicinal plants en_US
dc.subject phytochemicals en_US
dc.subject Eugenia uniflora en_US
dc.subject Eugenia aggregata en_US
dc.subject Eugenia foetida en_US
dc.subject Eugenia stipitata en_US
dc.subject Myrciaria cauliflora en_US
dc.subject Syzygium jambos en_US
dc.subject Syzygium samarangense en_US
dc.subject flavonoids en_US
dc.subject phenolic compounds en_US
dc.subject anthocyanins en_US
dc.subject chemotaxonomy en_US
dc.subject folk taxonomy en_US
dc.subject indigenous knowledge en_US
dc.title Antioxidant Potential of Seven Myrtaceous Fruits en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US

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