Kingston | Jamaica
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Mod Chem appl 2014, 2:4
Modern Chemistry & Applications
Abstract Turmeric (Curcuma longa) grown in Jamaica was studied for its naturally occurring linear diarylheptanoid compounds namely curcumin, Bis-Demethoxy Curcumin (BDMC), Demethoxy Curucmin (DMC) and for its antioxidant activity. Evaluations were conducted on the basis of whether or not there were any potential effects of blanching, harvest time and location of growth on the quantity and quality of turmeric oleoresins. The highest antioxidant activity of 92.86% was obtained from turmeric rhizomes grown in the parish of Hanover while the highest turmeric oleoresin yields of 14.87% were obtained from the 15 minute blanched-treated turmeric rhizomes. With a new analog-selective RP-HPLC method, the curcumin, DMC, and BDMC were qualified and quantified. It was found that the highest yield of curcumin content of 22.69% was obtained from the 15 minute ‘blanched’ samples grown in the parish of Hanover from the 1st harvest period of the study. An analytical method validation with linear equations and correlation of regressions of R2=0.9991, R2=0.999.3, R2=0.9998 and R2=0.9992 for inter-day precision analyses were performed to validate the HPLC method.
J Agric Food Chem 2008 May 3;56(10):3664-70. Epub 2008 May 3.
Natural Products Unit, Product Research and Development Division, Scientific Research Council, Hope Gardens, P.O. Box 350, Kingston 6, Jamaica.
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