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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 2008  |  Volume: 11  |  Issue: 12  |  Page No.: 1600 - 1604

Antioxidant Properties of Peel and Pulp Hydro Extract in Ten Persian Pomegranate Cultivars

M. Hajimahmoodi, M.R. Oveisi, N. Sadeghi, B. Jannat, M. Hadjibabaie, E. Farahani, M.R. Akrami and R. Namdar    

Abstract: This study compares the antioxidant activity of ten different pomegranate cultivars grown in Iran using the ferric reducing power assay (FRAP assay), which is based on the reduction of a ferric-tripyridyl triazine complex to its ferrous, colored form in the presence of antioxidants. Aqueous solutions of known Fe+2 concentration, in the range of 100-1000 ╬╝mol L-1 were used for calibration. The results showed that among pulp and peel fractions the sour alac and sweet white peel cultivars had more FRAP value respectively. The pomegranate peel extract had markedly higher antioxidant capacity than the pulp extract. The peel extract of sweet white peel cultivar appeared to have more potential as a health supplement rich in natural antioxidants compared to the pulp and peel extracts of other pomegranate cultivars.

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