Microencapsulation of blue maize (Zea mays L.) polyphenols in two matrices: their stability during storage and in vitro digestion release

  • Jacqueline Ruiz Canizales
  • José Basilio Heredia
  • J. Abraham Domínguez Avila
  • Tomás J. Madera Santana
  • Mónica A. Villegas Ochoa
  • R. Maribel Robles Sánchez
  • Gustavo A. González AguilarEmail author
Original Paper


Blue maize owes its coloration to a high anthocyanin content, and is therefore a promising source of unstable bioactive compounds. Spray-drying microencapsulation (SDM) can maintain the integrity of labile compounds during storage and digestion. We microencapsulated blue maize polyphenols by SDM in two matrices, maltodextrin (MD) and maltodextrin-pectin (MP) mixture. Morphology, degradation kinetics during storage and release were analyzed. Particle size ranged from 3 to 5 µm, with spherical morphology and surface depressions. The compounds and antioxidant activity had longer half-life in the MP matrix. Both matrices showed near complete release under simulated digestion (~ 95%), the majority of the compounds in the MP matrix were released during the intestinal phase, while those in the MD matrix were released during the gastric phase. These results suggest that microencapsulating blue maize polyphenols allows their incorporation into other products, and the addition of pectin improves the protective properties of MD, possibly due to its lower reactivity.


Anthocyanin Stability Spray-drying Shelf-life In vitro digestion release 



J. Ruiz-Canizales thanks CONACYT for the financial support received to get her Master’s Degree. The authors also thank CIAD Culiacan and CIAD Hermosillo for the assistance received. SEM analysis was performed at LANNBIO CINVESTAV Merida. We are also thankful for the technical assistance provided by Mrs. A. Cristóbal. J. A. Domínguez Avila is grateful to Program Cátedras CONACYT.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacqueline Ruiz Canizales
    • 1
    • 2
  • José Basilio Heredia
    • 1
  • J. Abraham Domínguez Avila
    • 2
  • Tomás J. Madera Santana
    • 2
  • Mónica A. Villegas Ochoa
    • 2
  • R. Maribel Robles Sánchez
    • 3
  • Gustavo A. González Aguilar
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Ciencia y Tecnología de Alimentos, Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo, A. C.CuliacánMexico
  2. 2.Coordinación de Tecnología en Alimentos de Origen Vegetal, Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo, A. C.HermosilloMexico
  3. 3.Departamento de Investigación y Posgrado en AlimentosUniversidad de SonoraHermosilloMexico

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