Polyphenols content, antioxidant and antibacterial activities of seaweeds from the persian gulf

Shima Ebrahimi1, Sedigheh Babaei1, Mahmood Naseri1, Mohammad-Taghi Golmakani2

1 Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Engineering, School of Agriculture, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran
2 Department of Food Science and Technology, School of Agriculture, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran


The Persian Gulf is a unique environment in comparison with other marine bodies because of its high temperatures and salinity levels. It hosts enormous amounts of green, red and brown macroalgae. In this study, phenolic compounds, antioxidant and antibacterial activities were evaluated in Caulerpa sertularioides, Padina distromatica and Sargassum boveanum extracts. Different solvents were used for the measurements. Statistical analyses showed the highest extraction yield was found in C. sertularioides aqueous extract. The highest phenolic content was found in S. boveanum aqueous extract, consistent with the DPPH IC50 results. According to the IC50 value of the S. boveanum aqueous extract, water is more efficient in extracting phenolic compounds in comparison with n-hexane and ethyl acetate. The HPLC analysis showed different polyphenols such as syringic acid, myricetin and gallic acid. The gallic acid increased in yield when higher levels of solvent polarity were present. Moreover, n-hexane extracts generated the largest inhibition zone against bacterial growth. In conclusion, the S. boveanum aqueous extract can be recommended as a safe, natural additive of antioxidant potential for formulating functional foods. Also, n-hexane extracts can have antibacterial effects when incorporated in foodstuffs.


Caulerpa; macroalgae; natural antioxidant; Padina; polyphenol

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