Chemical composition and antioxidant activity of the red marine algae Bryothamnion triquetrum (S.G.Gmelin) Howe

An increasing interest has been growing during the past years for the search of natural origin antioxidants, particularly those from marine algae. In this context, the main objective of current research was to evaluate the chemical composition and some antioxidant properties of the aqueous extract of the seaweed Bryothamnion triquetrum. The extracts contains: Proteins (9.5%), Lipids (1.3%), Carbohydrates (5.9%), Fibers (10.2%) and Ashes (43%). In current approach, the following results were obtained for the different procedures assessed: DPPH• radicals scavenging (38% for 4 mg of lyophilized); beta-Carotene-Linoleic assay (12% for 4 mg of lyophilized); O2•- radicals scavenging (IC50 0.36 mg/mL); OH• radicals scavenging (IC50 2.11 mg/mL) and iron quelation ability (IC50 0.37 mg/mL). Thus, antioxidant properties of this natural product seem to be related to its ability to scavenge free species. In previous reports of our group, cinnamic and phenolic acids were proposed as at least partially responsible for the antioxidant properties of the extract, but the necessity for the presence of other components was also shown. Then, the antioxidant properties of the extract could be envisioned as the result of the additive and/or synergic effect between phenolic constituents and the other antioxidant components, such as minerals, carotenes and ascorbic acid.

Seaweeds; Bryothamnion triquetrum; Chemical composition; Antioxidant activity

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