Measurements of essential oil extract and antioxidants in Syrian Myrtus communis L. leaves using photochemiluminescence assay

GHADIR ZAYZAFOON, ADNAN ODEH, YAHIA MAHZIA, ABDUL W. ALLAF

Abstract

The essential oil extracts and antioxidant measurements of Syrian Myrtus communis L. leaves as hydrophilic and hydrophobic existence species have been carried out. The plant leaves as a source of antioxidants was tested by the influence of its aqueous and essential oil extracts on the yield of PCL solution applying very sensitive and reliable method. By means of a PCL assay, it was possible to assess the total antioxidants capacity of hydrophilic and hydrophobic species existence in Syrian Myrtus communis L. leaves. It has been found that the integral antioxidant capacity value of Syrian Myrtus communis L. leaves was found in Kurdaha site which has a value of 465.67±1.18 TE/g DM. The following three main substances were found in the essential oil extracts: a-pinene, cineole and limonene.
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