Plant Foods for Human Nutrition

, Volume 63, Issue 3, pp 93–97 | Cite as

Antioxidant and Antifungal Activity of Verbena officinalis L. Leaves

  • E. Casanova
  • J. M. García-Mina
  • M. I. CalvoEmail author
Original Paper


The scavenging activity against DPPH (1,1-diphenil-2-picrylhydrazyl) radical and the antifungal effect against chloroform, ethyl acetate and 50% methanolic extracts of Verbena officinalis leaves were investigated. The activity of different fractions of 50% methanolic extract and some isolated compounds were also investigated. The results suggest that 50% methanolic extract and caffeoyl derivatives could potentially be considered as excellent and readily available sources of natural antifungal and antioxidant compounds.


1-Diphenil-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) Alternaria alternata Botrytis cinerea Penicillium expansum Rhizopus stolonifer Verbena officinalis 



The authors are grateful to the Botany Department for the identification of the plant.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Casanova
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. M. García-Mina
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. I. Calvo
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.R&D DepartmentInabonos-Roullier GroupOrcoyenSpain
  2. 2.Department of Soil Chemistry, Faculty of SciencesUniversity of NavarraPamplonaSpain
  3. 3.Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Technology, School of PharmacyUniversity of NavarraPamplonaSpain

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