The antioxidant properties of brown seaweed (Sargassum siliquastrum) extracts.J Med Food. 2007 Sep; 10(3):479-85.JM
Antioxidant properties of brown seaweed (Sargassum siliquastrum) extracts were evaluated using various antioxidant measurements, i.e., inhibitory effect on thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBARS), 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging, metal chelating effect, reducing power effect, and total phenolic compounds. When the extraction solvents n-hexane, chloroform, ethanol, and water were compared, the water extract showed the highest yield in extracted mass. Total phenolic compounds were the highest in the ethanol extract, with 127.4 mg/g. The TBARS inhibition of chloroform and ethanol extracts at 10 mg/mL was 90.9% and 80.9%, respectively. DPPH radical scavenging capacity was more than 90% in all extracts at 1 mg/mL. The chloroform extract exhibited the highest metal ion chelating ability of 69.6% at 10 mg/mL. The reducing power was found to be the highest in the ethanol extract at 10 mg/mL, showing an effect similar to ascorbic acid. Thus, the ethanol extract of S. siliquastrum has potential as a natural antioxidant.