Fatty acid composition and antioxidant properties of cold-pressed marionberry, boysenberry, red raspberry, and blueberry seed oils

J Agric Food Chem. 2005 Feb 9;53(3):566-73. doi: 10.1021/jf048615t.


Cold-pressed marionberry, boysenberry, red raspberry, and blueberry seed oils were evaluated for their fatty acid composition, carotenoid content, tocopherol profile, total phenolic content (TPC), oxidative stability index (OSI), peroxide value, and antioxidant properties. All tested seed oils contained significant levels of alpha-linolenic acid ranging from 19.6 to 32.4 g per 100 g of oil, along with a low ratio of n-6/n-3 fatty acids (1.64-3.99). The total carotenoid content ranged from 12.5 to 30.0 micromoles per kg oil. Zeaxanthin was the major carotenoid compound in all tested berry seed oils, along with beta-carotene, lutein, and cryptoxanthin. Total tocopherol was 260.6-2276.9 mumoles per kg oil, including alpha-, gamma-, and delta-tocopherols. OSI values were 20.07, 20.30, and 44.76 h for the marionberry, red raspberry, and boysenberry seed oils, respectively. The highest TPC of 2.0 mg gallic acid equivalents per gram of oil was observed in the red raspberry seed oil, while the strongest oxygen radical absorbance capacity was in boysenberry seed oil extract (77.9 micromol trolox equivalents per g oil). All tested berry seed oils directly reacted with and quenched DPPH radicals in a dose- and time-dependent manner. These data suggest that the cold-pressed berry seed oils may serve as potential dietary sources of tocopherols, carotenoids, and natural antioxidants.

MeSH terms

  • Antioxidants / analysis*
  • Blueberry Plants / chemistry*
  • Carotenoids / analysis
  • Fatty Acids / analysis*
  • Fruit / chemistry
  • Oxidation-Reduction
  • Phenols / analysis
  • Plant Oils / chemistry*
  • Rosaceae / chemistry*
  • Seeds / chemistry*
  • Tocopherols / analysis
  • alpha-Linolenic Acid / analysis


  • Antioxidants
  • Fatty Acids
  • Phenols
  • Plant Oils
  • alpha-Linolenic Acid
  • Carotenoids
  • Tocopherols