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Carotenoid content of commonly consumed herbs and assessment of their bioaccessibility using an in vitro digestion model.
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PMID:  20443063     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Herbs are a rich source of bioactive phytochemicals such as carotenoids, which are known to exert various positive biological effects. However, there is very limited information in the literature regarding the content and bioavailability of carotenoids from commonly consumed herbs. Therefore, the objectives of the present study were first, to determine the carotenoid content of eight herbs namely basil (Ocimum basilicum), coriander (Coriandrum sativum), dill (Anethum graveolens), mint (Metha L.), parsley (Petroselinum crispum), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), sage (Salvia officinalis), and tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus L.); and second, to assess carotenoid bioaccessibility from these herbs using a simulated human in vitro digestion model. Carotenoid bioaccessibility is defined as the amount of carotenoids transferred to micelles after digestion when compared with the original amount present in the food. The content of individual carotenoids varied significantly among the herbs tested. Carotenoid bioaccessibility varied from 0 to 42.8%. Basil and coriander, and their respective micelles, contained the highest levels of beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, and lutein + zeaxanthin. Our findings show that herbs are rich sources of carotenoids and that these foods can significantly contribute to the intake of bioaccessible carotenoids.
Trevor Daly; Marvin A Jiwan; Nora M O'Brien; S Aisling Aherne
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Plant foods for human nutrition (Dordrecht, Netherlands)     Volume:  65     ISSN:  1573-9104     ISO Abbreviation:  Plant Foods Hum Nutr     Publication Date:  2010 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-03     Completed Date:  2010-12-02     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8803554     Medline TA:  Plant Foods Hum Nutr     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  164-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.
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MeSH Terms
Angiosperms / chemistry*
Biological Availability
Carotenoids / analysis*,  pharmacokinetics*
Models, Biological
Plant Extracts / chemistry*
Spices / analysis
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Micelles; 0/Plant Extracts; 36-88-4/Carotenoids

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