Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 13 | ARTICLE

Title: STUDY OF THE PHYTOCHEMISTRY COMPOSITION AND PHARMACOLOGICAL ACTIVITY OF POLAR AND APOLAR FRACTIONS OF BIOACTIVE COMPOUNDS PRESENTED IN PERSEA AMERICANA MILL. AND IT’S CONTRIBUTION AS FOOD AND POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS IN COSMETIC INDUSTRY

Author: Ana F. Vinha (acvinha@ufp.edu.pt), Joana Moreira (18154@ufp.edu.pt) e Anabela G. Costa (anabelac023@gmail.com)
Ana F. Vinha. Professora Auxiliar na Faculdade de Ciências da Saúde, Universidade Fernando Pessoa. Membro Investigador do REQUIMTE, Departamento de Químicas Finas, Laboratório de Bromatologia da Faculdade de Farmácia da Universidade do Porto. | Joana Moreira. Aluna de Mestrado Integrado em Ciências Farmacêuticas da Faculdade de Ciências da Saúde da Universidade Fernando Pessoa. | Anabela G. Costa. Técnica Superior do Laboratório de Bromatologia da Faculdade de Farmácia da Universidade do Porto.
Publication: Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 13

Abstract:
Sustainability is a complex concept that can be explained as the economic and social development without causing damages to the environment and the natural resources. Currently there are many cases of use and valorization of materials that were before rejected by the food industries and this should be an example for all food producing processes, enhancing other industries such as pharmaceuticals, particularly in the area of technology for the development of new cosmetic products. The aim of the present work was the study and chemical characterization of extractable substances presented in the different parts of a national avocado fruit of the Hass variety, in particular, pulp, skin and seeds.
The results indicate, by means of a phytochemical in vitro approach, the presence of different secondary metabolites with bioactive properties in the various constituents of the avocado fruit (pulp, skin and seed), hence showing that its production is important not only in the food industry but also, as a potential resource to the cosmetics industry in the development of natural products with pharmacological and therapeutic activities.


Keywords: Persea americana Mill., Bioactive compounds, Antioxidant activity, Food byproducts, Dermocosmetics.





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