Free radical scavenging properties and phenolic content of Chinese black-grained wheat

Wende Li, Fang Shan, Shancheng Sun, Harold Corke, Trust Beta*

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Abstract

Free radical scavenging properties and phenolic content of extracts from a novel Chinese black-grained wheat were evaluated for comparison with selected wheat controls. Extracts of bran and whole meal were compared for their scavenging activities against the 2,2-diphenyl-1-picryhydrazyl (DPPH) free radical. The total phenolic content and phenolic acid levels were determined using colorimetric and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) methods, respectively. There were significant differences in radical scavenging activities and phenolic contents among bran or whole meal samples of Chinese black-grained wheat and selected wheat controls. Chinese black-grained wheat had the strongest scavenging activity and the highest total phenolic content among the wheat samples. The scavenging activity and total phenolic content of wheat bran was generally twice as high as that of whole meal. A positive correlation was found between DPPH radical scavenging activity and total phenolic content of bran (R = 0.86) and whole meal (R = 0.96). In addition, HPLC analysis detected the presence of gallic, p-hydroxybenzoic, caffeic, syringic, p-coumaric, vanillic, gentisic, o-coumaric acid, and ferulic acids in wheat bran. Ferulic acid content was highest among the phenolic acids. Chinese black-grained wheat may be considered as a potential source of natural antioxidants given its high free radical scavenging ability and phenolic content. Additional research is needed to further investigate other phenolic compounds and evaluate their contribution to the antioxidant activity in order to understand the nutraceutical value of the novel black-grained wheat genotype.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8533-8536
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Volume53
Issue number22
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Nov 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Antioxidant
  • Black-grained wheat
  • DPPH free radical
  • Phenolic
  • Radical scavenging

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