Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine / 2008 / Article

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Volume 5 |Article ID 380385 | https://doi.org/10.1093/ecam/nem059

Bruno B. Silva, Pedro L. Rosalen, Jaime A. Cury, Masaharu Ikegaki, Vinícius C. Souza, Alessandro Esteves, Severino M. Alencar, "Chemical Composition and Botanical Origin of Red Propolis, a New Type of Brazilian Propolis", Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 5, Article ID 380385, 4 pages, 2008. https://doi.org/10.1093/ecam/nem059

Chemical Composition and Botanical Origin of Red Propolis, a New Type of Brazilian Propolis

Received16 Nov 2006
Accepted09 Apr 2007


Red propolis is a new type of Brazilian propolis. This material, as well as the secretions of 20 plant species that are often mentioned as its probable botanical source, have been investigated by RP-HPTLC. Phytochemical evidence based on UV-VIS spectra, RP-HPLC and GC-MS, showed Dalbergia ecastophyllum (L.) Taub. to be the main source of red propolis in Alagoas state. The propolis and plant resin showed high relative percentages of the isoflavonoids 3-Hydroxy-8,9-dimethoxypterocarpan and medicarpin. To our knowledge this is the first report of the secretion of a leguminous species being the source of propolis.

Copyright © 2008 Bruno B. Silva et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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