Chemical Papers

, Volume 64, Issue 4, pp 528–532 | Cite as

Euphorbia antisyphilitica residues as a new source of ellagic acid

  • Juan A. Ascacio-Valdés
  • Antonio Aguilera-Carbó
  • José L. Martínez-Hernández
  • Raúl Rodríguez-Herrera
  • Cristóbal N. AguilarEmail author
Short Communication


In this study, a new source of ellagic acid (EA) is reported. Euphorbia antisyphilitica or “candelilla” was used to extract phenolic dilactone. Cereous layers and fibrous tissue were analyzed. A completely randomized experimental design with a treatment factorial arrangement was employed. The factors considered were: plant/extracting agent ratio, extraction temperature and time. Candelilla wax does not contain EA. Temperature and the ratio plant/extracting agent were determinant during the EA extraction process. Around 20 mg of free EA per gram of fibrous tissue were found. Residues of candelilla are a good source of EA.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan A. Ascacio-Valdés
    • 1
  • Antonio Aguilera-Carbó
    • 2
  • José L. Martínez-Hernández
    • 1
  • Raúl Rodríguez-Herrera
    • 1
  • Cristóbal N. Aguilar
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Food Science and Technology Department, School of ChemistryUniversidad Autónoma de CoahuilaSaltilloMéxico
  2. 2.Food Science and Nutrition DepartmentUniversidad Autónoma Agraria Antonio NarroBuenavista, SaltilloMéxico

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