Chemistry of Natural Compounds

, Volume 49, Issue 3, pp 496–498 | Cite as

Comparison of the fatty acid compositions of Six Centaurea species

  • Y. Tekeli
  • G. Zengin
  • A. Aktumsek
  • M. Sezgin

Fatty acids have very important biological functions, including as a source of energy and as components of biological membranes. The dietary intake of fatty acids is very important because many degenerative diseases such as cardiovascular diseases are associated with fatty acids.

Centaurea belong to the family Asteraceae, and there are more than 500–600 species of this genus worldwide [1]. In Turkey, there are about 179 Centaurea species. Many species of the genus are endemic to Turkey, and the endemism ratio is 61%. [2]. Centaurea species have attractive flowers and have been used in important medicinal applications in many countries. For example, C. drabifolia, C. pulchella, C. depressa, and C. solsititialis are used to treat various ailments such as abscesses, hemorrhoids, and the common cold in Anatolian folk medicine. Previous studies have shown differences in the fatty acid compositions of some Centaurea species, such as C. carduiformis [3], C. patula and C. pulchella [4], C....


Fatty Acid Composition Total Fatty Acid Essential Fatty Acid Hemorrhoid Total Fatty Acid Content 
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This study was supported financially by the Selcuk University Scientific Research Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Science and Arts FacultyMustafa Kemal UniversityHatayTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Biology, Science FacultySelcuk UniversityKonyaTurkey
  3. 3.Department of Chemistry, Science FacultySelcuk UniversityKonyaTurkey

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