PHYSICOCHEMICAL CHARACTERIZATION AND FLAVONOID CONTENTS OF ARTISANAL BRAZILIAN GREEN PROPOLIS

Authors

  • FLAVIO JUNIOR BARBOSA FIGUEIREDO Health and Human Development Faculty, Santo Agostinho Institute, MG, Brazil.
  • MARCUS VINICIUS DIAS-SOUZA Biological Sciences Institute, Federal University of Minas Gerais, MG, Brazil.
  • Evandro Afonso Nascimento Chemistry Institute, Federal University of Uberlândia, MG, Brazil.
  • Leonardo Ramos Paes De Lima Health Sciences Department, University Center of Eastern Minas Gerais, MG, Brazil

Keywords:

Green propolis, Flavonoids, Folk medicine, Chemical analysis

Abstract

Objective: Green propolis (Baccharis dracunculifolia) is widely used in Brazilian folk medicine and elsewhere for treating varied illness. To address the need to meet its chemical composition and pharmacological effects, this study aimed to assess the physicochemical properties of green propolis from the metropolitan region of Vale do Aço, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Methods: Besides wax and ash contents analysis, flavonoids were analyzed by UV-visible scan spectrophotometry and gas chromatography coupled to mass spectra (GC-MS).

Results: Samples were under the limits of ashes adopted in Brazil, and ranged from 4.84% to 12.78% regarding loss on drying. Wax content of propolis from the winter sample (10.84%) was higher than summer (8.94%) and autumn samples (7.22%). Summer samples, however, presented the highest concentration of flavonoids (1.697 mg/mL), and followed by autumn and winter samples, respectively.

Conclusion: Our findings raised the possibility that this source of propolis may be useful an adjuvant phytotherapeutic product, and contributes to investigations that seek to verify the biological activities of green propolis.

 

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Author Biographies

FLAVIO JUNIOR BARBOSA FIGUEIREDO, Health and Human Development Faculty, Santo Agostinho Institute, MG, Brazil.

PharmD, RPh, MSc.

MARCUS VINICIUS DIAS-SOUZA, Biological Sciences Institute, Federal University of Minas Gerais, MG, Brazil.

PharmD, RPh, MSc, PhD.

Evandro Afonso Nascimento, Chemistry Institute, Federal University of Uberlândia, MG, Brazil.

PhD

Leonardo Ramos Paes De Lima, Health Sciences Department, University Center of Eastern Minas Gerais, MG, Brazil

BSc, PhD.

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Published

01-03-2015

How to Cite

FIGUEIREDO, F. J. B., M. V. DIAS-SOUZA, E. A. Nascimento, and L. R. Paes De Lima. “PHYSICOCHEMICAL CHARACTERIZATION AND FLAVONOID CONTENTS OF ARTISANAL BRAZILIAN GREEN PROPOLIS”. International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, vol. 7, no. 3, Mar. 2015, pp. 64-68, https://innovareacademics.in/journals/index.php/ijpps/article/view/3667.

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