Food Science and Biotechnology
→ Food Science and Biotechnology 2020 ; 29(6): 769-775
Hexane extract of green tea (Camellia sinensis) leaves is an exceptionally rich source of squalene
Su Yeon Park1 • Sol Ji Choi1 • Hee Jeong Park1 • Sang Yong Ma1 • Yong Il Moon2 • Sang-Kyu Park3 • Mun Yhung Jung1,2
1 Department of Food and Biotechnology, Graduate School,College of Food Science, Woosuk University,Samrea-up, Wanju-gun, Jeonbuk Province 565-701, Republicof Korea2 Department of Food Industry and Culinary Arts, WoosukUniversity, Wanju-gun, Jeonbuk Province, Republic of Korea3 Department of Food Nutrition, Nambu University, Gwangju,Republic of Korea
Squalene is a cancer chemo-preventive and skin protective agent with high commercial demand. Here, we report for the first time that the green tea (Camellia sinensis) leaves is a surprisingly rich plant-based source of squalene. Young and tender leaves and old and turf leaves were collected at four different collecting seasons (April– August). Lipophilic compounds in the leaves and commercial green teas were extracted with hexane. The squalene contents in the hexane extracts varied greatly with the types of the leaves and collecting seasons. The hexane extract of turf leaves contained significantly higher contents of squalene than the extract of tender leaves. The hexane extract of the turf leaves collected in August contained the highest content of squalene (29.2 g/kg extract). This represents the first report on the qualitative and quantitative information on squalene in green tea leaves.
SqualeneㆍCamellia sinensis leavesㆍGreen teaㆍLipophilic compound
Food Science and Biotechnology 2020 ; 29(6): 769-775