Journal of Natural Medicines

, Volume 62, Issue 3, pp 366–368 | Cite as

Polyphenolic compounds isolated from the leaves of Myrtus communis

  • Morio Yoshimura
  • Yoshiaki AmakuraEmail author
  • Mie Tokuhara
  • Takashi Yoshida
Natural Medicine Note


Four hydrolyzable tannins [oenothein B (1), eugeniflorin D2 (2), and tellimagrandins I (3) and II (4)], two related polyphenolic compounds [gallic acid (5) and quinic acid 3,5-di-O-gallate (6)], and four myricetin glycosides [myricetins 3-O-β-d-xyloside (7), 3-O-β-d-galactoside (8), 3-O-β-d-galactoside 6″-O-gallate (9), and 3-O-α-l-rhamnoside (10)] were isolated from the leaves of Myrtus communis. Antioxidant activities of the isolated compounds were evaluated by 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging assay.


Myrtus communis Myrtaceae Tannin Polyphenol Antioxidant activity 



We thank the Saitama Greenery Promotion Center (Saitama, Japan) for generously supplying the plant material.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Morio Yoshimura
    • 1
  • Yoshiaki Amakura
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mie Tokuhara
    • 1
  • Takashi Yoshida
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pharmacognosy, College of Pharmaceutical SciencesMatsuyama UniversityMatsuyamaJapan

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