Antioxidant properties of sacha inchi (Plukenetia volubilis) shell extracts as affected by solvents used for prior decolorization

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Arthittaya Thuanthong
Jaran Patchimpet
Wonnop Visessanguan
Jarurat Panyo
Soottawat Benjakul
Yi Zhang
Sappasith Klomklao


Sacha inchi (Plukenetia volubilis) shell is a potential source of phenolics with an-tioxidative activity and its extract can be used to prevent lipid oxidation in some food matrices. However, the sacha inchi extract has been fully exploited due to the dark brown colour properties associated with pigments. Thus, de-colourization of sacha inchi shells before extraction using solvents could be a means to bring about the extract with a lighter colour, which could be applied in foods without constraints. The effects of different solvents used for decolour-ization in sacha inchi (Plukenetia volubilis) shell powder on antioxidant proper-ties were investigated. The solvents used were methanol, acetone, chloroform and propanol. The ethanolic extracts' total phenolic content (TPC) and total flavonoid content (TFC) decreased when solvents were employed for prior de-colourization. Among all solvents, the ethanolic extracts from sacha inchi shell powder decolourized using chloroform (CHE) showed the highest TPC (9.94 mg GAE/g dry extract) and TFC (7.20 mg CE/g dry extract). Also, extracts from chloroform decolourized shell powder had the highest antioxidant activities (2,410.01, 111.60 and 4.58 µmol TE/g dry extract for 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH), 2,2-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) (ABTS) radical scaveng-ing activities, ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP), respectively, and 0.52 mmol EDTA /g dry extract for metal chelating assay) compared to other ex-tracts. Therefore, chloroform was the appropriate solvent for decolourization, and the resulting extract had higher antioxidant properties than others.


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