Although white lupin is the oldest known legume in the history, it has been forgotten for many years. Now, the interest of food producers concerning white lupin is increased again. The aim of this study was to evaluate the total phenolic content (TPC), antioxidant activity (AA), and the content of selected phenolics in 11 white lupin cultivars. The determined TPC was in the interval 4260–5663 mg GAE/kg DM and the values of AA determined using DPPH, ABTS•+, and FRAP methods were in the ranges 0.993–1.878, 5.496–7.924, and 1.328–1.741 μmol TE/g DM, respectively. Individual phenolics content (4-hydroxybenzoic acid, caffeic acid, trans-p-coumaric acid, trans-ferulic acid, myricetin, quercetin, apigenin, and genistein) were determined, too. Caffeic acid (442.9–766.2 mg/kg DM) and myricetin (11.2–21.2 mg/kg DM) are the dominant phenolics in the investigated lupin cultivars. Statistically significant differences in all investigated variables were observed between the tested cultivars except for quercetin. The obtained results show that the Astra and Nelly cultivars are a rich source of phenolic acids.

1. Introduction

Legumes play an important role in human nutrition and are the part of the traditional diets of many regions throughout the world. They are mainly grown for their edible seeds and they occupy large cropped areas worldwide. Legumes have a low content of fat but, on the other hand, a remarkable content of protein, fibre, micronutrients, and many valuable phytochemicals [1]. Legumes as a part of daily diet can exhibit beneficial physiological effects and thus can help in control and prevention against diseases of civilization such as diabetes mellitus, coronary heart disease, and colon cancer [2]. A long-standing problem connecting with legumes has been the high content of antinutritional factors that could limit their biological value. According to the current research, these compounds can be easily removed or reduced by the change of processing conditions; some of these substances could show also positive effects on the human health [3]. Due to known positive effect of legume consumption, their production is increased worldwide. In Europe, the higher consumption of legumes (8–23 g per capita daily) is reported in Mediterranean countries. In countries of Northern Europe, it is less than 5 g [4].

White lupin is favored for better nitrogen fixation, drought adaptation and generally could offer considerable human food in marginal lands with limited water availability [5]. Due to the ability of lupin to fix nitrogen, it can be used not only for improvement of soil fertility, but also for rehabilitation of degraded lands. Intercropping white and Andean lupins with other cool-season annual legumes may lead to higher forage and grain yields, and it provides farmers with high-quality forage and grain richer in protein [6]. White lupin as a cool-season and environmentally friendly protein crop does not need N-fertilization, has benefits for subsequent crops, and prefers free-draining soils with low lime content (below 3%). The lime in the fine clay and silt fractions prevents lupin from absorbing iron from the soil, which the nodules need for nitrogen fixation [7]. Precipitation during the critical period of vegetation belongs to the most important factors affecting the yields of this crop [8]. Lupins are relatively more tolerant to several abiotic stresses than other legumes and have a proven potential for the recovery of poor and contaminated soils. It could be used as a pioneer plant to fight soil erosion and to reclaim eroded soils or as a potential phytoremediator due to the capability to accumulate Cd, Zn, and other heavy metals in the nodulated roots [9].

More than 3000 years’ seeds of white lupin have been used not only as food component but also for the therapeutic purposes, even though due to the high alkaloid content, its consumption as a food component was not considered as safe [10]. The interest of researchers in recent years is focused especially on the breeding and production of lupin cultivars with a high-protein content, low alkaloid content, and short vegetation period [11]. Among legume seeds, lupin is one of the richest abundant sources of proteins [12]. The seeds of white lupin contain 33 to 47% protein, 16.2% fibre, 5.95% oil, 5.82% sugar, and, unlike cereals, a low content of starch (5–12%) [13]. Erbaş et al. [13] also reported that lupin seeds are rich in thiamin (3.9 mg/kg), riboflavin (2.3 mg/kg), and niacin (39 mg/kg), too. According to [14], seeds of white lupin have a low content of sodium (0.17 g/kg); on the other hand, they are a good source of macroelements K, P, Ca, and Mg (11.0, 5.2, 2.4, and 1.3 g/kg, respectively) and microelements Mn, Fe, Zn, and Cu (252, 39, 43, and 8 mg/kg, respectively). Sebastiá et al. [15] compared Ca, Fe, and Zn contents in three legumes (beans, chickpeas, and lentils) and determined lower Ca (0, 77–1.54 g/kg) as well as Zn (33.71–36.89 mg/kg) contents compared to mentioned values determined in white lupin. Seeds of white lupin have an interesting content of biologically valuable substances with a high antioxidant potential, such as tannins and flavonoids [16]. The most important nutritional benefit of white lupin is the highest oil content and a lower content of alkaloids compared to blue or yellow lupin [11]. Foods with lupin addition can not only contribute to rational nutrition and a feeling of satiety of consumers but also help in the prevention of diseases, in lipid metabolism improvement, and in blood pressure treatment [17]. Lupin ingredients, such as lupin flour and protein concentrates, are used as minor components in bakery products (bread, bisquits, pasta, cakes, breakfast cereals, or pancakes). These gluten-free food products are suitable also for the people with celiac disease [18, 19]. The development of novel lupin-based foods should probably focus first on replacement of animal products (meat alternative, vegetarian spreads, dessert creams, ice-cream, and vegetable drinks). Further targets include high-protein food products with excellent sensory properties (sausages, snacks, and drinks) [20]. White lupin seeds have not been widely utilized in the human nutrition due to their alkaloid content. However, it should be noted that the domestication of this legume as well as its breeding resulted in a decrease of the alkaloid content in breeding lines and cultivars classes [21], and thus this crop becomes an interesting food raw material. Functional food science has gained a great interest in the last years due to the changing health status of population in developed countries. The main aims of the population are to be healthy and to have a high life quality [22]. Several preclinical studies demonstrated that seeds of Lupinus albus L. have antimicrobial, antioxidant, antihelmintic, hypolipidemic, hypoglycemic, anticonvulsant, and antiatherosclerotic activities [2325]. Many components of white lupin seeds are very valuable raw materials for functional food production. Lupin protein has a potential to be an inflammatory agent with the positive effect on metabolism, nutrient absorption, and imunity [26]. Pavanello et al. [27] reported the reduction of total cholesterol concentration caused by intake of a lupin protein concentrate. Protein hydrolysates with a remarkable content of bioactive peptides are suitable for the design of functional foods and nutraceuticals. Also, the large amount of dietary fibre has a potential to be utilised in functional foods production [28]. Mazumder et al. [28] investigated trichloroacetic acid extracts of seed coat and found the induction of apoptosis in human pancreas carcinoma. The content of quinolizidine alkaloids was at levels below human toxicity but with potential health benefits of diabetic patients. Authors consider lupin as a potentially nutraceutical and functional food.

The aim of this study was to compare the total phenolic content (TPC), antioxidant activity (AA), and the content of selected phenolic compounds in 11 white lupin cultivars from 9 different countries of origin which were grown at the same locality in the same conditions and to investigate the effect of the cultivar on monitored parameters.

2. Materials and Methods

2.1. Plant Material and Chemicals

Samples of 11 white lupin cultivars were obtained from the Plant Production Research Center in Piestany, Slovakia. Lupin cultivars were grown at the same location, in the same agronomic, environmental, and climate conditions. Latitude and longitude for experimental field were 48° 35ʹ 08״ N; 17° 48ʹ 56״ E. The countries of cultivars origin are as follows: France (cv. Alban), Chile (cv. Astra), Poland (cvs. R-933, POP I, and WTD), Romania (cv. Satmarean), Hungary (cv. Nelly), Spain (cv. Los Palacios), Russia (cv. Primorskij), Slovenia (cv. Solnecnyj), and Germany (cv. Weibit). Determination of lupin seed dry matter was performed by drying at 105°C to constant weight (WTC Binder, Germany) and then lupin seeds were powdered (Fritsch Pulverisette, Germany).

Folin–Ciocalteau reagent used for determination of total phenolic content was purchased from Merck (Germany). All other chemicals (methanol, 2, 2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl, Na2CO3, gallic acid, Trolox, ABTS•+, acetate buffer, TPTZ, and FeCl3·6 H2O) including all HPLC standards (purity range 98.0–99.9%), that is, 4-hydroxybenzoic acid, caffeic acid, trans-p-coumaric acid, trans-ferulic acid, myricetin, quercetin, apigenin, genistein, and solvents; methanol (HPLC grade), acetonitrile (gradient HPLC grade), and phosphoric acid (ACS grade) were purchased from Sigma-Aldrich (Sigma Aldrich Chemie GmbH, Steiheim, Germany). Double deionized water (ddH2O) was treated (18.2 MΩ/cm, 20°C) in a Simplicity 185 purification system (Millipore SAS, Molsheim, France).

2.2. Extract Preparation

Plant extracts were prepared according to the modified procedure of Rajurkar and Hande [29]. The homogenized lupin samples (2 g) were extracted with 20 mL 80% methanol (v/v) (Sigma-Aldrich, USA) at laboratory temperature for 8 hours by horizontal shaker Unimax 2010 (Heidolph Instruments, GmbH, Germany). The extract was filtered through Munktell No. 390 paper (Munktell and Filtrak GmbH, Bärenstein, Germany) and stored in closed 20 mL PE vial tubes.

2.3. Determination of Total Phenolic Content

For the total phenolic content determination, Folin–Ciocalteau reagent (Merck, Germany) according to the protocol of Lachman et al. [30] was used. Sample extract (0.2 mL), 2.5 mL Folin–Ciocalteau reagent, and 5 mL H2O were added to a 50 mL flask. After 3 min, 5 mL of 20% Na2CO3 (Sigma-Aldrich, USA) was added to the flask, and the volume was then made up to 50 mL with distilled water and left to stay at room temperature for 2 h. When a coloured blue complex was formed, the absorbance was measured at 765 nm on the spectrophotometer Shimadzu UV-VIS 1800 (Shimadzu, Japan). The total phenolic content was expressed as gallic acid equivalents (GAE) in mg/kg DM (dry matter). The linearity range for this assay was determined at 0–150 μg/mL (R2 = 0.9948).

2.4. DPPH Free Radical Scavenging Assay

The assessment of free radical scavenging activity using 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl radical (DPPH) was performed according to the protocol in Brand-Williams et al. [31]. The stock solution was prepared using 0.025 g of DPPH, which was diluted to 100 mL with methanol. Before the analysis, the working solution by a 1 : 10 dilution of the stock with methanol was obtained. For the analysis, 3.9 mL of the DPPH working solution was added to a cuvette, and the absorbance at 516 nm was measured (A0) with a Shimadzu UV-Vis 1800 spectrophotometer (Shimadzu, Japan). Subsequently, 0.1 mL of the extract was added to the cuvette with DPPH solution, and the absorbance was measured after 10 min (A10).

The percentage of DPPH inhibition was measured according to the following equation:

Inhibition (%) = [(A0A10)/A0] × 100.

Free radical scavenging activity was expressed in μmol Trolox equivalent (TE)/g DM on the basis of the standard curve (R2 = 0.9905).

ABTS•+ scavenging ability assay is based on the scavenge a stabile synthetic 2,2′-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzthiazoline- 6-sulfonic) acid (ABTS•+ radical cation). Due to the antioxidant presence, the significantly blue/green colored radical is reduced and decolored. The analysis was done according to protocol in Re et al. [32].

ABTS•+ (Sigma-Aldrich, USA) was dissolved in water to a 7 mM concentration. The blue/green ABTS•+ radical cation was produced through the reaction between ABTS•+ stock solution and 2.45 mM potassium persulfate. After the addition of 50 μL of lupine extract to 3 mL of diluted ABTS•+ solution, the absorbance was measured at 20 min after the initial mixing using Shimadzu UV-1800 spectrophotometer set at 734 nm wavelength. Trolox was used as a standard substance. An appropriate solvent blank was run in each assay. Based on calibration curve (R2 = 0.9573), the results were expressed as μmol Trolox equivalent (TE)/g DM.

2.5. Ferric-Reducing Antioxidant Power (FRAP) Assay

The method is based on the reduction of Fe3+-(2, 4, 6-tris (2-pyridyl)-S-triazine) (TPTZ) complex (colorless complex) to Fe2+-TPTZ complex (blue-colored complex) formed by the action of electron donating antioxidants at low pH. For the antioxidant activity determination, the modified protocol presented by Pedersen et al. [33] was used.

The FRAP reagent was prepared by mixing acetate buffer, TPTZ and FeCl3·6 H2O (Sigma-Aldrich, USA). 50 μL of lupine extract was added to 3.0 mL of the FRAP reagent to tubes, and the mixture was then left at rest for 20 min. The absorbance of the samples was measured in comparison to a blank at a wavelength of 593 nm using the Shimadzu UV-1800 spectrophotometer. The calibration curve was prepared using standard solutions of Trolox. The results were expressed as μmol Trolox equivalent (TE)/g DM on the basis of the standard curve (R2 = 0.9989).

2.6. Determination of Selected Phenolics Content

The individual phenolics were determined using HPLC with diode array detector (HPLC-DAD). Prior to HPLC analysis, the extract was filtered through syringe filter Q-Max (0.22 µm, 25 mm, PVDF) (Frisenette ApS, Knebel, Denmark) [34]. All compounds were determined using an Agilent 1260 Infinity HPLC (Agilent Technologie GmbH, Wäldbronn, Germany) with quaternary solvent manager coupled with degasser (G1311B), sampler manager (G1329B), column manager (G1316A), and DAD (G1315C). All HPLC analyses were performed on a Purosphere® reverse phase C18 column (250 mm × 4 mm x 5 µm) (Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany). The mobile phase consisted of gradient acetonitrile (A) and 0.1% phosphoric acid in ddH2O (B). The gradient elution was as follows: 0–1 min isocratic elution (20% of A), 1–5 min linear gradient elution (20–25% of A), 5–15 min (25–30% of A), and 15–25 min (30–40% of A). The postrun was 3 min. The flow rate was 1 mL/min and the injection volume was 5 μL. Column thermostat was set up to 30°C, and the samples were kept at 4°C in the sampler manager [35]. The spectral characteristics of the monitored analytes were scanned in the wavelength range 210–400 nm, while detection wavelengths were set up at 265 nm (4-hydroxybenzoic acid), 320 nm (caffeic acid, trans-p-coumaric acid, and trans-ferulic acid), and 372 nm (myricetin, quercetin, apigenin, and genistein). Compounds were identified and quantified by comparing the retention times of standard substances and comparing the run of the spectral UV lines of the analytes. Data were collected and processed using Agilent Open Lab Chem Station software for LC 3D systems.

2.7. Statistical Analysis

Each chemical analysis was done four times. All the data obtained were analyzed by descriptive statistics arithmetic average and standard deviation. Then, all the variables were tested for normality. In all cases with the exception of FRAP variable, the tested variables follow the Gaussian distribution according to the Kolmogorov–Smirnov test and the Shapiro–Wilk test. The Pearson correlation test at the significance level α = 0.05 was used to analyse the relationships between the elements. No significant differences were evaluated from the correlation matrixes. The multivariate statistical technique (PCA) was used to find the pattern of similarity of the observations and the variables by displaying them as points in the map. Analysis of variance was performed to find the significant differences between the variables tested. In the case of FRAP variable, Kruskal–Wallis test was performed. For a better understanding and interpretation of the results, each cultivar was compared with the mean value (horizontal line) using the t-test. In the case of FRAP variable, Wilcoxon test was used to compare each variety with the median value (horizontal line). Correlation test and analysis of variance were performed using the RStudio software, version 1.2.5033 [36], and descriptive statistics, normality tests, and the PCA analysis were performed using the MS Excel and XLSTAT package program [37].

3. Results and Discussion

The determined values of free radical scavenging activity using DPPH method were in the range 0.993–1.878 μmol TE/g DM (Table 1). The values determined in two different white lupin cultivars by [38] are higher (3.51 and 6.78 μmol TE/g DM). On the other hand, [39] reported lower values in white lupin seeds (0.153–0.195 mg TE/g DM, i.e., 0.612–0.78 μmol TE/g DM) compared to our results. Ranilla et al. [40] reported similar values in Peruvian and Brazilian lupin cultivars (0.33–7.2 μmol TE/g DM) to our results. The highest free radical scavenging activity was measured in cv. Alban (France) and the lowest one was determined in cv. Primorskij (Russia). In contrast, the lowest AA (5.496 μmol TE/g DM) determined using ABTS•+method was confirmed in cv. Alban (France) and the highest one (7.924 μmol TE/g DM) in cv. POP I (Poland). Our results are lower compared to values presented by [41] who recorded 71.4 μmol TE/g DM) in white lupin cv. Karamać et al. [42] also presented higher AA values (53–123 μmol TE/g DM) in four white lupin cultivars. Different results were obtained using FRAP method. The lowest AA value (1.328 μmol TE/g DM) was determined in cv. WTD (Poland) and the highest one (1.741μmol TE/g DM) in cv. Weibit (Germany). There are little information from the literature for the explanation of different results of antioxidant activity determination using different methods. Pokorná et al. [43] reported that many antioxidants quickly reacting with peroxide radicals may react slowly or be inert to DPPH•. Also, [44] in their study confirmed that phenolic compounds having a high antioxidant activity with a given method may have low antioxidant activity with another method. According to these authors, the variability observed is due only to the method used, and thus it is difficult to compare the numerical values of antioxidant activity provided by different methods of determination.

The determined TPC in investigated lupin cultivars was in the interval 4260–5663 mg GAE/kg DM (Table 2). Siger et al. [38] reported similar values of TPC in seeds of 2 cultivars of white lupin (4915 and 6276 mg GAE/kg DM, respectively), while [39] determined the values of TPC in 2 white lupin cultivars (4440 and 16610 mg GAE/kg DM, respectively). Our results are comparable also with TPC values 4360–7250 mg GAE/kg DM determined by [42]. The average TPC in seeds of investigated lupin cultivars 5000 mg GAE/kg DM was comparable with results of [45] but higher than total phenolic content 2839 mg GAE/kg DM reported by [46]. The highest TPC was determined in cv. WTD (Poland), while the lowest one in cv. Nelly (Hungary).

Differences among lupin cultivars in total phenolic content and antioxidant parameters were statistically evaluated by the analysis of variance and Krukal–Wallis test (FRAP). Statistical differences were observed in all antioxidant parameters and phenolic content between the tested cultivars (Figure 1). In the case of TPC parameter, statistically higher values were observed in Alban, Satmarean, Weibit, and WTD cultivars. On the other hand, cultivar Nelly had statistically lower content of TPC compared to the other tested cultivars. AA content was statistically higher in cultivar Alban. Cultivars R-933, Satmarean, POP I, Primorskij and Weibit had statistically lower AA. In the case of ABTS, the values were very variable. Alban cultivar had statistically higher free radical scavenging activity according to DPPH method. On the other hand, cultivars R-933, Nelly and Weibit had statistically lower DPPH values. In the case of FRAP method, Kruskal–Wallis test was prepared to find significant differences between the tested cultivars. Cultivars R-933 and Satmarean had statistically higher content of FRAP.

Legumes are considered as a remarkable food source of biologically valuable components which can positive affect many physiological and metabolic processes [47]. Phenolics present in legume seeds are represented by phenolic acids, flavonoids, and condensed tannins [48]. Our research was focused on the content of selected phenolic acids (4-hydroxybenzoic, caffeic, trans-p-coumaric, and trans-ferulic acid), which was determined in seeds of all investigated white lupin cultivars. The average values of investigated phenolic acids are displayed in Table 2. The determined values ranged as follows: 4-hydroxybenzoic acid, 5.39–17.76 mg/kg DM; caffeic acid, 442.90–766.20 mg/kg DM; trans-p-coumaric acid, 2.47–6.44 mg/kg DM; and trans-ferulic acid, 5.18–11.80 mg/kg DM (Table 2).

The highest content of 4-hydroxybenzoic as well as caffeic acid was determined in cv. Nelly (Hungary), while the lowest content of both of these phenolic acids was found out in cv. WTD (Poland). Cultivar Alban (France) was the richest in trans-p-coumaric as well as trans-ferulic acid, while seeds of cv. Satmarean (Romania) contained the lowest amount of trans-p-coumaric acid and seeds of cv. R-933 (Poland) had the lowest content of trans-ferulic acid. Caffeic acid seems to be the dominant phenolic acid in the investigated cultivars of white lupin. On the other hand, p-hydroxybenzoic acid is the main phenolic acid in L. albus according to [49]. Differences among lupin cultivars in phenolic acids content were statistically evaluated (Figure 2). Analysis of variation showed that the cultivars Alban and Nelly are a statistically rich sources of phenolic acids compared to other cultivars. Cultivar Weibit is a good source of caffeic acid and trans-p-coumaric acid. In general, it can be concluded that other cultivars are not statistically significant sources of phenolic acids.

Siger et al. [38] determined in two cultivars of white lupin seeds higher content of p-hydroxybenzoic acid (22.77 and 27.82 mg/kg) but lower content of caffeic acid (0.58 and 0.09 mg/kg) as well as p-coumaric acid (0.11 and 0.18 mg/kg) compared to our results. The presence of genistein and main cinnamic acids derivatives (ferulic, caffeic, rosmarinic, and coumaric acids) in germinated and also in ungerminated lupin seeds was confirmed by [45] using FTIR spectra. Many studies were focused on phenolics composition of other kinds of legumes. Dueñas et al. [50] determined in lentils p-hydroxybenzoic acid in an amount of 3.25 μg/g and [51] even only 1.90 μg/g, whereas [52] detected p-hydroxybenzoic acid (15.7–44.9 μg/g) in 11 lentil cultivars; p-hydroxybenzoic acid (19.2 to 60.5 mg/kg) was reported in seeds of six chickpea varieties, while in seeds of six field pea varieties, it was present in amount 45.4 to 101.7 mg/kg [53]. The average content of p-hydroxybenzoic acid in our lupin cultivars was 9.41 mg/kg and is comparable to p-hydroxybenzoic acid content in uncolored and colored bean (4.03 μg/g and 12.20 μg/g, respectively) reported by [54]. According to [50] lentils contain 5.74 μg/g of trans-p-coumaric acid, which is comparable value to the average content of this phenolic acid in our lupin cultivars (3.98 mg/kg). On the other hand, [55] reported higher amount of trans-p-coumaric acid (37.3 μg/g) in green lentil. Trans-ferulic acid (8.95, respectively, 11.80 μg/g) was the main identified hydroxycinnamic acid in uncolored and colored bean by [54] and 10.1 μg/g was determined in green lentil by [55]. These values are comparable to those determined in our lupin cultivars with the average content of trans-ferulic acid 7.67 mg/kg. In two different lentil cultivars, also caffeic acid (2.52, respectively, 0.25 μg/g) was detected [56]. Luthria and Pastor-Corrales [57] determined caffeic acid (11 mg/kg) in two cultivars of commonly consumed dry bean. Yao et al. [58] analyzed sixteen legumes in China and detected caffeic acid in broad bean, pea, adzuki bean, hyacinth bean, rice bean, and soybean (7.8, 5.3, 11.2, 9.6, 7.3, and 6.3 mg/kg, respectively). The average content of caffeic acid in our lupin cultivars (552 mg/kg) is significantly higher compared to other legumes mentioned above. Our analysis included also the determination of selected flavonoid content in investigated white lupin cultivars (Table 2). The content of flavonoids in lupin cultivars was as follows: myricetin, 11.15–21.19 mg/kg DM; quercetin, 0.64–1.20 mg/kg DM; apigenin, 1.10–2.61 mg/kg DM; and genistein, 1.34–1.78 mg/kg DM (Figure 3). Differences among lupin cultivars in flavonoids content were statistically evaluated. In general, it can be concluded that the differences between the contents of the flavonoids tested are not significant except for the content of myricetin ( < 2.2e − 16). Cultivars Nelly and Solnečnyj had statistically higher content of apigenin.

According to [59], genistein content in stems of white lupin varies in a large range (0.2–27.44 mg/kg). In leaves of white lupin, [60] determined 59.2 mg/kg of genistein. These authors also detected genistein in seeds of pea, bean, lentil, and fava bean (45.8, 16.3–45.1, 25.0, and 19.9 mg/kg, respectively).

The relationships between the tested variables are displayed using the Pearson correlation matrix in Figure 4. Inverse relationships between ABTS and myricetin, caffeic acid, 4-hydroxybezoic acid, trans-p-coumaric acid, TAC, trans-ferulic acid, and DPPH were observed. Inverse relationship was also observed between trans-ferulic acid, apigenin and TPC, FRAP and trans-ferulic acid, TPC and apigenin, and 4-hydroxybenzoic acid. Strong and moderate positive relationships were observed between phenolic acids. Trans-ferulic acid showed positive relationships with TAC, trans-p-coumaric acid, apigenin, 4-hydroxybenzoic acid, caffeic acid, and myricetin. There were observed strong positive relationship between caffeic acid, myricetin, and trans-p-coumaric acid.

Legumes are the basis of human diet in many regions. Therefore, the research is oriented predominantly on commonly used legume species such as bean, lentil, chickpea, pea, or soybean. López et al. [61] determined in raw seeds of dark beans 3.41 mg/kg of quercetin, and in germinated seeds, they detected also myricetin (3.97 mg/kg). In Mexican common bean seeds, 10.9 mg/kg of quercetin was determined by [62]. Giusti et al. [63] analyzed 36 species of legumes. Quercetin was detected only in black eyed beans, crimson lentils, and black lentils (2.0, 7.5, and 5.4 mg/kg, respectively). Our lupin samples contained comparable amount of quercetin to black eyed beans.

Principal component analysis was prepared to extract the important information from the dataset and to display the pattern of similarity of the observations and of the variables as points in 2D plot (Figure 5). Kaiser–Meyer–Olkin (KMO) test of sampling adequacy showed middling suitability of the data for the complete model (KMO = 0.7124). Bartlett’s test of sphericity was significant (chi-square (observed) = 561.808, chi-square (critical) = 99.6169,  ≤ 0.0001, and alpha = 0.05), indicating that the data was likely factorable. The PCA revealed that 61.46% of the total variation embodied in 13 variables could be effectively condensed into and explained by the first two principal components (PCs), with eigenvalues of 5.73 and 2.25, respectively. The PC1, accounting for 44.09% of the inertia, contrasted with FRAP and ABTS with trans-ferulic acid, caffeic acid, and myricetin, whereas PC2, explaining 17.37% of the inertia, clearly reflected the different content of TPC contrasting with quercetin and genistein content. Figure 5 shows a 2D map for PC1 and PC2, in which the tested variables are clustered around the centroids. The centroids present factor scores and squared cosines, which are the coordinates and representation qualities, respectively. The most important variables for F1 are trans-ferulic acid, myricetin, and caffeic acid and for F2 are TPC and genistein. The variety Alban is mostly characterized by trans-p-coumaric acid and trans-p-ferulic acid, whereas variety Nelly is characterized by the 4-hydroxybenzoic acid. These two varieties have an increased content of phenolic acids. This fact is also confirmed by the results of the ANOVA analysis. On the other hand, the varieties Primorskij, Satmarean, and R-933 are very similar and characterized mostly by antioxidant parameters of FRAP and ABTS. High ABTS values are typical for the POP I variety. It can be concluded that PCA analysis cannot strictly separate the varieties Solnečnyj, Astra, and Weibit.

It could be concluded that the antioxidant activity of the extracts depends on extraction conditions, as well as on the composition of the phenolic compounds and flavonoids. Proportion of individual phenolics or flavonoids and their chemical structure belong to determining factors affecting the antioxidant properties of plant. The antioxidant activity could be affected also by other present components with their synergistic or antagonistic effects.

4. Conclusions

Our study was focused on the content of bioactive phenolic compounds in seeds of white lupin cultivars of different origin countries. In our lupin samples an interesting content of phenolic compounds (especially caffeic acid and myricetin) with a reported positive effect on the human organism, was determined. Based on our results Alban and Nelly cultivars seem to be the most valuable source of lupin antioxidants. These two cultivars originated from France (cv. Alban) and Hungary (cv. Nelly) are rich in phenolic acids as well as flavonoids content. White lupin cultivars, Alban and Nelly, were the richest sources of 4-hydroxybenzoic acid, caffeic acid, and trans-ferulic acid, while cv. Alban also contained the highest amount of trans-p-coumaric acid. At the same time in Alban and Nelly cultivars the highest contents of myricetin and apigenin were detected. This remarkable content of phytochemicals with a potential positive effect on the human health predetermines these two cultivars to be utilised in production of innovative functional foods.

In addition, white lupin is the crop resistant to unfavourable climate condition. Based on above-mentioned properties of lupin seeds it can be concluded that white lupin is really a promising food source of antioxidants and has a potential to be widely used in the production of foods with the added value.

Data Availability

The data used to support the findings of this study are available from the corresponding author upon request.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


This publication was supported by the Operational Program Integrated Infrastructure within the project: Demand-Driven Research for the Sustainable and Innovative Food, Drive4SIFood 313011V336, cofinanced by the European Regional Development Fund.

Supplementary Materials

The chromatograms of standards are presented: 4-hydroxybenzoic acid (A), caffeic acid (B), trans-p-coumaric acid (C), trans-ferulic acid (D), apigenin (E), myricetin (F), quercetin (G), and genistein (H) as well as the example of chromatograms of one of investigated lupine cultivars (WTD). (Supplementary Materials)