Murta (Ugni molinae Turcz.): A review on chemical composition, functional components and biological activities of leaves and fruits

JESSICA CAROLINA LOPEZ PASTEN, Antonio Vega-Gálvez, Angela Rodríguez, Elsa Uribe, Cristina Bilbao-Sainz

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Abstract

Murta (Ugni molinae Turcz.) is a native species from central and southern Chile. There is an increasing interest in the plant due to its high content of essential nutrients and beneficial phytochemicals to human health. In fact, the berries contain a wide variety of anthocyanins, which are the main antioxidant compounds. There are some studies on the phytochemical composition and biological activities of murta fruit, but human intervention studies using whole fruits are still lacking. This manuscript reviews the nutritional and phytochemical composition of murta berries and leaves. However, more scientific background is needed to validate the properties of this species so as to gain complete knowledge of the whole shrub in order to develop functional foods and nutraceuticals.

Original languageEnglish
JournalChilean Journal of Agricultural and Animal Sciences
Volume34
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Anthocyanins
  • Antibacterial activity
  • Antioxidant activity
  • Leaves
  • Murta berry
  • Phenolic compounds

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