Antioxidant properties of seeds from lines of artichoke, cultivated cardoon and wild cardoon

Alessandra Durazzo, Maria Stella Foddai, Andrea Temperini, Elena Azzini, Eugenia Venneria, Massimo Lucarini, Enrico Finotti, Gianluca Maiani, Paola Crinò, Francesco Saccardo, Giuseppe Maiani

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The artichoke (Cynara cardunculus L. subsp. scolymus L.), the cultivated cardoon (Cynara cardunculus var. altilis DC.) and the wild cardoon (Cynara cardunculus var. sylvestris L.) are species widely distributed in the Mediterranean area. The aim of this research was to evaluate the antioxidant properties of seeds from lines of artichoke and cultivated and wild cardoon in both aqueous-organic extracts and their residues by FRAP (Ferric Reducing Antioxidant Power) and TEAC (Trolox Equivalent Antioxidant Capacity) evaluations. Both artichoke and cardoon seeds are a good source of antioxidants. Among artichoke seeds, hydrolysable polyphenols contribution to antioxidant properties ranged from 41% to 78% for FRAP values and from 17% to 37% for TEAC values. No difference between cultivated and wild cardoon in antioxidant properties are reported. Our results could provide information about the potential industrial use and application of artichoke and/or cardoon seeds.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62 - 76
Number of pages15
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology

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Durazzo, A., Foddai, M. S., Temperini, A., Azzini, E., Venneria, E., Lucarini, M., ... Maiani, G. (2013). Antioxidant properties of seeds from lines of artichoke, cultivated cardoon and wild cardoon. Antioxidants, 2(2), 62 - 76.