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The antioxidant profile of red wines
The study of the antioxidant capacity of foodstuffs requires the use of diverse determination methods to gain a wider picture of their multiple effects. The aim of this work was to evaluate the “antioxidant profile” of red wines applying TAC (total antioxidant capacity) hydroxyl and superoxide radical scavenger activities, and biomarkers of oxidative stress methods and inhibition of damage to DNA. Furthermore, levels of total polyphenols (TPP) of wines were also evaluated.

Three bottles of 107 different Spanish red wines (total samples 321), made from different grape varieties, aging processes, and vintages, were analyzed. The validation of TAC methods, the first step in this work, provided a good linearity, proportionality, and low detection limits. Among these methods, the ABTS was the most satisfactory for its rapidity, cost, and precision.

All wines showed an important capacity to scavenge hydroxyl radicals and were capable of blocking superoxide radicals but with 10 times lower intensity. Wines also showed important protective action on biomarkers of oxidative stress; they were much more active to inhibit lipid peroxidation than DNA oxidation. Few statistically significant correlations among levels of TPP and antioxidant properties of wines were detected. Furthermore, values of these correlations were very low.

Source: Antioxidant Profile of Red Wines Evaluated by Total Antioxidant Capacity, Scavenger Activity, and Biomarkers of Oxidative Stress Methodologies. M. Dolores Rivero-Pérez, Pilar Muñiz, and Maria L. Gonzlez-Sanjosé

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