Ultrahigh pressure extraction as a tool to improve the antioxidant activities of green tea extracts
Author: Jun Xi and Deji Shen and Ye Li and Rui Zhang
In this study, the effect of ultrahigh pressure extraction at pressures of 150 MPa, 250 MPa, 350 MPa and 450 MPa on the total phenolic contents, the extraction yields and the antioxidant activities of green tea were investigated. The antioxidant activities of these extracts were analyzed using DPPH radical scavenging activity and total antioxidant capacity. The results showed that the phenolic contents and the antioxidant activities of extracts were greatly influenced by high pressure. The total phenolic contents and the antioxidant activities of ultrahigh pressure extraction at 450 MPa were higher than those of other ultrahigh pressure extraction and conventional extraction. The high content of phenolic compounds in the green tea leaves could account for the antioxidant activity. This study indicated that this new technology can benefit the food and pharmaceutical industries.