ISSN 2456-0235

​​​​​​​​​​​​​September 2018, Vol. 3, No. 9, pp. 196-202. 

​​​Extraction, purification and analysis of biological activity of anthocyanin like compound extracted from Punica granatum (Pomegranate) peel

D. Yuvaraj*, R. Jayalakshmi, J. Iyyappan, R. Gnanasekaran
Department of Biotechnology, Vel Tech High Tech Dr. Rangarajan Dr. Sakunthala Engineering College, Avadi, Chennai - 600062.

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Anthocyanins are natural plant pigments that have numerous beneficial effect for plant as well as for humans. Anthocyanin protects plants from UV radiation, infection, injury and stress. Health benefits of anthocyanins are innumerable. The aim of this work is to extract anthocyanin like compound from Punica granatum (pomegranate) peel, which is discarded as waste after the consumption of fruit. Both dried peels and fresh peels of pomegranate were used in this study. The idea is to obtain something valuable from waste, which can be used in a beneficial way. Anthocyanins were extracted from peel by extraction with methanol and by using soxhlet apparatus. Quantification of anthocyanins were done by pH differential method. Antioxidant assays such as DPPH assay and ABTS assay were carried out. Antimicrobial studies with bacteria and fungi were also carried out by agar well diffusion method and a good zone of inhibition was obtained, which shows that pomegranate peel is rich in antimicrobial activity. Antioxidant and antimicrobial properties were greater for dried peel in comparison with fresh peels. The extracted anthocyanins can be used as natural colorant, this may be good replacement for chemical colorant. Anthocyanin based colorants are approved for food use all over the world, however there are some regulatory differences among countries.

Keywords: Anthocyanins; Antioxidant; Antimicrobial; HPLC; Food colorants.


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