Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3707

Full Length Research Paper

Impact of Colombian yellow fruits and tropical fruits drinks consumption on the antioxidant status of healthy women

Ana Cristina Gomez-Garcia
  • Ana Cristina Gomez-Garcia
  • School of Nutrition and Dietetics, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín Colombia.
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Jeanine Penaloza
  • Jeanine Penaloza
  • Extracts, Antioxidants and Bioactives Department, Tecnas S.A., Medellin, Colombia.
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Julio Canas
  • Julio Canas
  • Extracts, Antioxidants and Bioactives Department, Tecnas S.A., Medellin, Colombia.
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Benjamin Rojano
  • Benjamin Rojano
  • School of Chemistry, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellín, Colombia.
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Ana Rosa Ramos
  • Ana Rosa Ramos
  • School of Nutrition and Dietetics, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín Colombia.
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Maria Elena Maldonado*
  • Maria Elena Maldonado*
  • School of Nutrition and Dietetics, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia.
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  •  Received: 13 May 2016
  •  Accepted: 04 August 2016
  •  Published: 25 August 2016

Abstract

Reactive oxygen species are responsible for causing different types of damage in the body which are associated with the onset of chronic non-communicable diseases. A strategy to counteract these effects is by a diet rich in antioxidants compounds found in fruits. The aim of this study was to determine the antioxidant capacity in plasma and the content of total phenolic compounds in healthy women who consumed a drink prepared with Nativanox® Colombian tropical fruits or a drink prepared with Nativanox® Colombian yellow fruits during a short period of time. Nineteen healthy women received a daily 200 mL drink with Nativanox® Colombian tropical fruits or a drink with Nativanox® Colombian yellow fruits for 14 days. Before and after the intervention period blood and plasma were obtained to analyze C-reactive protein levels, lipid profile, total phenolic content and antioxidant status through FRAP, ABTS and EROS methods. Regular consumption of a drink with Nativanox® Colombian tropical fruits had a positive impact on the lipid profile and the antioxidant capacity on plasma of healthy women. The consumption of a drink with Nativanox® Colombian yellow fruits diminished diastolic blood pressure. These results showed that a Nativanox® Colombian yellow and tropical fruit contains bioactive compounds that can improve oxidative status in plasma and contribute to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Key words: Antioxidant, polyphenols, tropical fruits, yellow fruits, lipid profile.