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dc.contributor.authorMartínez Sánchez, Ascensión 
dc.contributor.authorLópez Cañavate, María Elena 
dc.contributor.authorGuirao Martínez, Josefa 
dc.contributor.authorRoca Hernández, María José 
dc.contributor.authorAguayo Giménez, Encarnación Pilar
dc.identifier.citationMartínez-Sánchez, A.; López-Cañavate, M.E.; Guirao-Martínez, J.; Roca, M.J.; Aguayo, E. Aloe vera Flowers, a Byproduct with Great Potential and Wide Application, Depending on Maturity Stage. Foods 2020, 9, 1542.
dc.description.abstractFlowers of Aloe vera are a byproduct providing a valuable source of bioactive compounds with different functions for health benefits. The characterization in amino acids, organic acids, sugars, trigonelline, volatiles compounds, fatty acids, total phenolic, carotenoids, vitamin C content, and antioxidant capacity of Aloe flowers (Aloe barbadensis Miller) has been studied at three maturity stages (I: immature; II: mature; III: mature, with flowers buds opened). Immature flowers presented the highest content in phenyl alanine, tyrosine, citric acid, trigonelline, carotenoids, retinol activity equivalent, vitamin C, and total phenolic and antioxidant capacity. As the flower develops, the content of these compounds decreases Aloe vera flowers presented an important content in fatty acids, and the principal concentration was identified in polyunsaturated unsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) as α-linolenic acid, and linoleic acid, with a ratio close to one. The main saturated fatty acid was palmitic acid, followed by stearic acid. Maturity stage III showed the lowest fatty acid content. The bioactive compounds found in Aloe vera flowers have potential applications in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and food industries. Depending on the compound of interest, it could be worthwhile harvesting flowers at maturity stage I, thereby reducing the energy consumption of flowers from the plant and thus favoring plant development. This is an example of a circular economy for Aloe vera producers, generating economic and business opportunities and thus providing environmental and social benefits.es_ES
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was funded by the Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional/Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación-Agencia Estatal de Investigación (FEDER/MICINN-AEI), project RTI2018-099139-B-C21.es_ES
dc.rightsAtribución-NoComercial-SinDerivadas 3.0 España*
dc.titleAloe vera Flowers, a by product with great potential and wide application, depending on maturity stagees_ES
dc.subject.otherTecnología de los Alimentoses_ES
dc.subjectAdded-value productses_ES
dc.subject.unesco3309 Tecnología de Los Alimentoses_ES
dc.subject.unesco5102.01 Agriculturaes_ES
dc.contributor.funderFondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (FEDER)es_ES
dc.contributor.funderMinisterio de Ciencia e Innovaciónes_ES
dc.contributor.funderAgencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI)es_ES

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