The water-soluble antioxidant capacity of 19 samples of honey from 14 different floral sources was determined by a spectrophotometric assay. The highest concentration of antioxidants measured was 20.3 times that of the lowest, showing that great variation exists in the chemical nature of honey from different floral sources. Antioxidant content was positively correlated with both water content and honey colour. Because of the health benefits of dietary antioxidants, floral source should be a factor in evaluating the potential of honey as an antioxidant-containing food supplement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-31
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Apicultural Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998


  • 1,1-diphenyl-3-picrylhydrazyl
  • Antioxidant content
  • Apis mellifera
  • Ascorbic acid
  • Buckwheat honey
  • Button sage honey
  • Colour
  • Honey
  • Unifloral honey
  • Water content

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science


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