European Food Research and Technology

, Volume 223, Issue 2, pp 202–209 | Cite as

Determination of speciation of elements related to blood sugar in bioactive extracts from Cyclocarya paliurus leaves by FIA-ICP-MS

  • Ming-Yong XieEmail author
  • Lei Li
  • Shao-Ping Nie
  • Xiao-Ru Wang
  • Frank S. C. Lee
Original Paper


This paper describes the development and application of FIA-ICP-MS technique for the speciation of trace elements in extracts of Cyclocarya Paliurus (Batal.) Iljinsk (CP) leaves, an herbal tea used widely in China as dietary supplement for Elements Related to Blood Sugar (ERBS), which are reported to have the beneficial effects of lowering blood sugar. Most ERBSs are found to be water-soluble. On the basis of elemental distribution, the aqueous solutions of CP of different origins can be separated into two groups: one is rich in organo-magnesium, organo-manganese, organo-zinc, inorganic copper, and inorganic nickel; while the other is rich in inorganic magnesium, inorganic manganese, inorganic copper, inorganic nickel and organo-zinc. The ERBSs in two bioactive extracts of CP named EE and POLY were analyzed and compared, and the results suggest that the extracts are good dietary supplement for people, especially Diabetes Mellitus (DM) patients through the provision of ERBSs of Mn, Zn, Mg, Cu, and Ni in organic or inorganic forms.


Cyclocarya paliurus (Batal.) Speciation Reducing blood sugar FIA-ICP-MS 



Funding provided by the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangxi Province (No. 9920029 and No. 0120018) and the Visiting Professor Scholarship of Qingdao Key Lab of Analytical Technology Development and Standardization of Chinese Medicines that are acknowledged


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ming-Yong Xie
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lei Li
    • 2
  • Shao-Ping Nie
    • 1
  • Xiao-Ru Wang
    • 3
  • Frank S. C. Lee
    • 2
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Food Science of Ministry of EducationNanchang UniversityNanchangPeople's Republic of China
  2. 2.First Institute of OceanographyState Oceanic AdministrationQingdaoPeople's Republic of China
  3. 3.Key Laboratory of Analytical Science of Ministry of EducationXiamen UniversityXiamenPeople's Republic of China

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