Analysis and Antioxidant Potential and Analysis of Essential Oils of Different Mentha Species
a Department of Pharmacognosy and Botany, b Toxicology and Anti-doping Center, c Department of Pharmaceutical Analysis and Nuclear Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Comenius University, Bratislava
The genus Mentha of the family Lamiaceae has great importance due to the essential oils content and their commercial utilization. The antioxidant activities of essential oil of five Mentha species were estimated spectrophotometrically using 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl free radical (DPPH). The analysis of essential oils was performed by GC-MS. The most active was essential oil of M. spicata rich in carvacrol and thymol. Lowest activity was detected in M. longifolia var. lavanduliodora, rich in β-linalool.
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