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Processes 2019, 7(2), 88;

Phytochemical Content of Melissa officinalis L. Herbal Preparations Appropriate for Consumption

Department of Food Technology, Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki GR-57400, Greece
Department of Food Science & Technology, Perrotis College, American Farm School, Thessaloniki GR-57001, Greece
Aliment Lab, Water & Food Analysis-Consultants of Food/Beverage Industries, N. Plastira 3, Triandria, Thessaloniki GR-55337, Greece
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Received: 18 January 2019 / Revised: 1 February 2019 / Accepted: 5 February 2019 / Published: 12 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Green Separation and Extraction Processes)
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Melissa Officinalis L. (MOL) domestic preparations appropriate for consumption were studied by monitoring content in Na, K, Ca, Li, phenolic bioactives (total phenols, hydroxycinnamic acid derivatives and flavonols), and antioxidant activity (1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl radical inhibition (DPPH) and ferric reducing ability (FRAP)). The effects of practice applied, material to solvent ratio, time of preparation, and solvent were studied. MOL decoctions and infusions, commonly prepared at home, were better or of equal nutritional value to preparations upon ultrasounds or maceration concerning the studied parameters. Aqueous MOL preparations were richer in total phenols (704–1949 mg per 250 mL) and the examined macroelements (1.1–2.9, 30.5–288.4 and 50.1–176.1 mg Na, K and Ca per 250 mL, respectively) and showed better antioxidant activity compared to ethanol counterparts. The 25% w/v hydroethanolic MOL preparations, suitable for consumption, presented a significant content in phenolic antioxidants and in the examined minerals, too. MOL infusions were significantly richer in total phenols with respective chamomile and olive leaf ones, comparatively examined. Overall acceptance scores of aqueous MOL preparations indicated that bitterness has to be masked for efficient reception by the consumers. View Full-Text
Keywords: Melissa officinalis L.; infusions; decoctions; minerals; phenols; antioxidants Melissa officinalis L.; infusions; decoctions; minerals; phenols; antioxidants

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Papoti, V.T.; Totomis, N.; Atmatzidou, A.; Zinoviadou, K.; Androulaki, A.; Petridis, D.; Ritzoulis, C. Phytochemical Content of Melissa officinalis L. Herbal Preparations Appropriate for Consumption. Processes 2019, 7, 88.

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