Saturday, October 18, 2008

Cuban Propolis Rich in Isoflavonoids

GC-MS Determination of Isoflavonoids in Seven Red Cuban Propolis Samples
J. Agric. Food Chem, October 14, 2008

Abstract: In the present study, the phenolic composition analysis of seven red varieties of propolis, collected in different regions of Cuba, was evaluated by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Seventeen compounds were identified in all samples by the interpretation of their mass spectra. This appears to be the first report on the GC-MS analysis of isoflavonoids in the propolis.

The results confirmed the presence of the main isoflavonoids isolated previously and suggested the general structure for the other five isoflavonoids. Vestitol, 7-O-methylvestitol, and medicarpin were present in high amounts in all propolis samples analyzed.

This result indicates that propolis samples rich in isoflavonoids are not exclusively found in Pinar del Río province and proves that GC-MS technique is a useful and alternative tool for the chemical analysis of tropical red propolis.

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