Content, composition, and stereochemical characterisation of lignans in berries and seeds

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List of Authors: Annika I. Smeds, Patrik C. Eklund, Stefan M. Willför
Publication year: 2012
Journal: Food Chemistry
Journal acronym: FOOD CHEM
Volume number: 134
Issue number: 4
Start page: 1991
End page: 1998
Number of pages: 8
ISSN: 0308-8146


In seed extracts of five oilseed species, in bran extracts of three cereal species, and in seed and/or whole berry extracts of 10 berry species, the concentrations of a large number of lignans and the enantiomeric composition of selected lignans were determined. In the case of sesame and hemp seeds, the lignan content and composition of the whole seeds was compared to that of the hulled seeds. The results showed that cloudberry seeds are the third most lignan-rich food source after linseeds and whole sesame seeds, and that most of the berry species analysed were more lignan-rich than the cereal brans. The lignans are concentrated in the hull of the oilseeds and in the seeds of the berries. In most samples, secoisolarici-, pino-, medio-, and syringaresinol were present as a mixture of two enantiomers. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Berries, Bran, Chiral HPLC, LC-MS, Lignan enantiomers, Mass spectrometry, Seed hull, Seeds

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