Effect of two drying methods on the total phenolic compounds, L-DOPA and the antioxidant activity of Vicia faba L.





antioxidants, phenolic compounds, flower, bean, L-DOPA, seedling, drying methods, Vicia faba L., metabolites, legumes, Mucuna pruriens, lyophilization, antioxidant activity, flowering period, Folin-Ciocalteu method


L-DOPA is one of the secondary metabolites present in legumes, such as Mucuna pruriens and Vicia faba L., its content can be affected by the method of drying, variety and stage of development of the plant. The objective of this study was to analyze the effect of drying method by stove and lyophilization on the content of total phenolic compounds (TPC), L-DOPA and antioxidant activity in seedling and flower of two varieties of broad bean. Two varieties of broad bean, Diamante and Zac-22, were used as plant material, which were sown under field conditions. Seedlings were obtained at 10, 15 and 20 days after the emergence (DAE), and flowers during the flowering period. The tissues were subjected to two drying methods, by forced air oven at 38 °C and by lyophilization (-80 °C). The content of total phenolic compounds (TPC) was determined by the Folin-Ciocalteu method, and L-DOPA was analyzed by HPLC. The antioxidant activity was determined against the DPPH radical (IC50). The results showed that the drying method affected the concentration of TPC, L-DOPA and antioxidant activity. The highest concentrations of TPC (110.12 mg∙g-1 DM) and L-DOPA (61.08 mg∙g-1 DM) were detected in the samples processed by oven drying. Flowers had the highest content of TPC (142.19 mg∙g-1 DM) and L-DOPA (82.02 mg∙g-1 DM) compared to seedlings. While in the seedlings at 10 DAE had on average the highest concentration of TPC (110.12 mg∙g-1 DM) and L-DOPA (61.08 mg∙g-1 DM). The antioxidant activity was particularly affected by the drying method in the seedlings, but in the flowers, they did not show variation. The drying by stove favored the preservation of the antioxidant activity of the seedlings (IC50, 119.93 μg∙mL-1), with respect to the drying method by lyophilization (IC50, 144.29 μg∙mL-1).


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Author Biographies

Marly Ortiz López, Colegio de Postgraduados

Campus Puebla

Master of Science

Adriana Delgado-Alvarado, Colegio de Postgraduados

Campus Puebla

Full Research Professor

Braulio Edgar Herrera-Cabrera, Colegio de Postgraduados

Campus Puebla

Full Research Professor

Ma. de Lourdes Árevalo-Galarza, Colegio de Postgraduados

Campus Montecillo

Full Research Professor

Ariadna Isabel Barrera-Rodríguez, Universidad Autónoma Chapingo

Agricultural High School



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Ortiz López, M., Delgado-Alvarado, A., Herrera-Cabrera, B. E., Árevalo-Galarza, M. de L., & Barrera-Rodríguez, A. I. (2019). Effect of two drying methods on the total phenolic compounds, L-DOPA and the antioxidant activity of Vicia faba L. Nova Scientia, 11(23), 198–219. https://doi.org/10.21640/ns.v11i23.2093



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