Phenolic compounds as the major antioxidants in red cabbage
Maria Leja, Iwona Kamińska, Anna Kołton
Department of Plant Physiology
Faculty of Horticulture, Agricultural University in Kraków
29 Listopada 54, 31-425 Kraków, Poland
In the heads of four red cabbage cultivars and two DH lines (one of red and one of white type), as well as in the
standard white cabbage ‘Lennox F1’ cultivar, the contents of phenolic substances (total, phenylpropanoids, flavonols and
anthocyanins) were estimated. Antiradical scavenging activity was determined using the DPPH and ABTS methods. The
level of phenolics of all the groups, especially that of the anthocyanins, as well as RSA, was much higher in red cabbage in
comparison to white. Among red cabbage assays, also a considerable variability of antioxidative parameters was observed.
Four-month commercial storage resulted in a significant reduction in phenol compounds in red cabbage, but this was not
the case in the white cultivar.
Radical scavenging activity did not significantly change after cold storage, except in 2005/06, when a decrease in
RSA measured by the DPPH method was noticed. The values of RSA determined by the ABTS method exceeded those
determined by DPPH.
Leja M., Kamińska I., Kołton A., 2010. Phenolic compounds as the major antioxidants in
red cabbage. Folia Horticulturae 22/1: 19-24.