Quantification of polyphenolics and their antioxidant capacity in fresh plums

J Agric Food Chem. 2003 Oct 22;51(22):6509-15. doi: 10.1021/jf0343074.


Total phenolics, total flavonoids, and antioxidant capacity of 11 cultivars of fresh plums were determined using spectrophotometric methods. Identification and quantification of individual polyphenolics were performed using reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography equipped with a diode array detector. The total phenolic contents of various cultivars widely varied from 125.0 to 372.6 mg/100 g expressed as gallic acid equivalents. The level of total flavonoids in fresh plums ranged between 64.8 and 257.5 mg/100 g expressed as catechin equivalents. Antioxidant capacity, expressed as vitamin C equivalent antioxidant capacity (VCEAC), ranged from 204.9 to 567.0 mg/100 g with an average of 290.9 mg/100 g of fresh weight. Cv. Beltsville Elite B70197 showed the highest amounts of total phenolics and total flavonoids and the highest VCEAC. A positive relationship (correlation coefficient r (2)() = 0.977) was presented between total phenolics and VCEAC, suggesting polyphenolics would play an important role in free radical scavenging. The level of IC(50) value of superoxide radical anion scavenging activity of the plum cultivars ranged from 13.4 to 45.7 mg of VCEAC/100 g. Neochlorogenic acid was the predominant polyphenolic among fresh plums tested. Flavonols found in plum were commonly quercetin derivatives. Rutin was the most predominant flavonol in plums. Various anthocyanins containing cyanidin aglycon and peonidin aglycon were commonly found in all plums except for cv. Mirabellier and NY 101.

MeSH terms

  • Antioxidants / analysis*
  • Antioxidants / chemistry
  • Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid
  • Flavonoids / analysis*
  • Flavonoids / chemistry
  • Free Radical Scavengers / chemistry
  • Fruit / chemistry*
  • Phenols / analysis*
  • Phenols / chemistry
  • Polyphenols
  • Prunus / chemistry*
  • Superoxides / chemistry
  • Vitamin E / chemistry


  • Antioxidants
  • Flavonoids
  • Free Radical Scavengers
  • Phenols
  • Polyphenols
  • Superoxides
  • Vitamin E