Extracting (-)-hydroxycitric Acid from Dried Rinds of Garcinia oblongifolia Champ. ex Benth by Using Microwave
Extracting (-)-hydroxycitric Acid from Dried Rinds of Garcinia oblongifolia Champ. ex Benth by Using Microwave
Journal of the Korean Chemical Society. 2011. Dec, 55(6): 983-987
Copyright © 2011, The Korean Chemical Society
  • Received : February 28, 2011
  • Accepted : June 29, 2011
  • Published : December 20, 2011
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Dang Quang, Vinh
Dao Hung, Cuong
Nguyen, Thuong
Environment faculty-Duy Tan University-209 Phan Thanh Street, Danang, Viet Nam

Surveys on the process of extracting acid from dried rinds of Garcinia oblongifolia Champ. ex Benth ( G. oblongifolia ) using microwave in terms of time, machine power and solid/liquid rate, have resulted in such findings as: the best time allocation for extracting is 25 minutes; machine power works best at level 2 (microwave power is 400 W); suitable rate of solid/liquid is 0.071 (approximately 150 mL solvent per 10 g of sample). The total amounts acid and (-)-hydroxycitric acid extracted from 100 g dried rinds of G. oblongifolia are 18.592 g and 10.137g respectively. This is the first finding on extraction of (-)-HCA from dried rinds of G. oblongifolia using microwave.
Acid (-) hydroxycitric (HCA) is a major component in the leaves as well as the rinds of Garcinia, 3 G. Cowa , 2 G. Cambogia , 4 , 8 G. Indica . 8 These plants are grown quite popular in Southeast Asia, India to use as spice for cooking. HCA helps to prevent the fat accumulation and improve the blood lipid level. HCA will boost the excessive glucose metabolism in the body into lipid, help to prevent the obesity, particularly for overweight people who have diet with too much powdered sugar. HCA not only helps to lose weight, HCA also reduces bad lipids for health as triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol and increases HDL cholesterol, which is a fat, has an effect on protection of vascular.
HCA increases glycogen synthesis, oxidation and burning excessive lipid process. With the HCA users, excessive sugar in the body will not turn into fat, yet will be incorporated into glycogen reserving in liver and muscle. When glycogen level is saturated, under the effect of hydroxycitric acid, sugar surplus will active the conversion of fatty acids into mitochondria for burning to form the energy for cells, reducing the excessive fat stored in body. 6 , 7 , 9 , 10 The products extracted from the Garcinia for weight loss have been sold on the market commonly.
The methods often used for the extraction of (-)-HCA which are the Soxhlet extraction and the distillation in pressure cooker, often are time consuming and easily convert into lactone because of using high temperature. This makes its biological activeness become disabling. With its cheapness, commonality and easily achieving the capacity as desiring, the microwave energy has become more attractive. Microwave-assisted extraction procedure were investigated to optimize the efficiency of the organic acid extraction include: Phenolic acids, 1 gallic acid, 12 aristolochic acid, 13 ascorbic acid, 14 cajaninstilbene acid, 15 ferulic acid, 16 oleanolic acid and ursolic acid. 17 The study of a new extraction method based on microwave energy is essential to help building a complete process to extract the (-)-hydroxycitric acid from the leaves and rinds G. oblongifolia .
This paper presents the extraction process of (-)-hydroxycitric acid from the rinds of G. oblongifolia using the microwave power and factors affecting the capacity of the process.
- Raw materials and chemicals
The rinds of the G. oblongifolia , were used as raw materials, were collected in the Hoa lien, Hoa vang district, Danang city. All solvents and chemicals used for highpressure liquid chromatograph were supplied by Merck. Standard compound was (-)-threo-hydroxycitrate tribasic calcium hydrate, BioChemika, Garcinia cambogia Extract, ~19.5% as Ca was provided by Sigma-Aldrich company, the formula was C 12 H 10 Ca 3 O 16 .xH 2 O, the mass of molecular was 530.43, threo-hydroxycitric acid is 67.3%. Distilled water was used to extract organic acids and two time distilled water was for HPLC, methanol was used for chromatography, H 3 PO 4 was PA type.
- Extraction system using microwaves
Microwave extraction system ( . 1 ) includes the microwave oven and 1000 mL sample vessel with condensation tube refluxing system. Microwave oven of Sanyo, of which series is EM-S1057 with the following technical parameters: maximum capacity: 800W, oven volume: 17 litres, external dimension 458×365×295 mm, weight 13.7 kg, power supply 220 V, 50 Hz; the furnace with 05 levels corresponding to 05 levels of microwave energy with different capacities, namely: MICRO 1 (80 W), MICRO 2 (400W), MICRO 3 (500W), MICRO 4 (650W), MICRO 5 (800 W), having button to adjust time and machine level. The maximum time for each operation of the furnace is 60 minutes. 11
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Extraction system using microwaves.
- HPLC machine and chromatographic condition
Chromatographic system: the essential part of Merck Hitachi D7000 consisted of a high-speed auto-sampler, Lichrospher RP18 analytical column (5 μm×4.6 mm×250 mm), a UV detector set at 210 nm and Multi - HSM manager software. The mobile phase was phosphoric acid solution 0.1% with flow rate at 1.0 mL/min. The standard compound and samples were filtered through 0.45 mm membrane filter and injected into the HPLC column.
- Standard solution Preparation and Calibration standard construction
Free HCA Preparation: The Calcium threo-hydroxyxitrat tribasic hydrate (15 mg) was treated with 5.0 mL of water, and with 500 mg Dowex 50 [H + ] under stirring for 10 minutes using magnetic stirring machine. The liquid part was separated, and ion -exchange resin was washed with water having a neutral pH. The washing water and solution were mixed together and made into 50 mL, followed by mixing, and were filtered using Whatman filter paper 41.
The construction of the Calibration curve: the construction method of calibration curve was operated based on the analysis results of a series of standard HCA samples. Five standard sample solutions, contained 37.28, 49.70, 62.13, 14.55 and 86.79 ppm of free HCA, were successfully injected into HPLC, The optimal chromatographic condition were done as the above discussion, and the result obtained was the peak area. The HCA curve was drawn based on the dependence between the concentrations of HCA and the peak areas (average of 3 times).
Concentration range of the standard samples needed for the construction of Calibration standards was identified based on the real concentration of HCA in the sample. This concentration range was calculated from the lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) to the upper limit of quantification (ULOQ).
- Extraction procedure using microwave energy
Dried G. oblongifolia rind: After being washed and dried, the G. oblongifolia fruit was then cut to remove nuts and guts. The G. oblongifolia rind was chopped, dried in the oven at 70-80 ℃ for 36 hours until the rind was completely dried, powdered and then used for extracting organic acids.
After weighting about 10 g dried G. oblongifolia rinds, they were put into the distilled water in sample vessel 1000 mL and it was put into the microwave extraction system ( . 1 ). The main factors selected for the extraction process were extraction time (A) Power (B) and materials ratio (C) (weight of the dried rinds: volume of the extracting agent). The optimum extraction conditions were determined by changing the parameters A, B, C. And then extracts was filtered through muslin cloth. This extracts was brown, opaque. The solution was treated with 4 g of activated charcoal and heated on a water bath for 30 min. Then, proceeding to filter the extract with buchne funnel and filter paper, activated charcoal was removed continuously by washing two times with 10 mL of distilled water for each time. The solution treated with activated charcoal became pale yellow. The extract was concentrated to 50 mL, and then treated with 100 mL of ethanol for 30 minutes to precipitate the remaining pectin (milky white precipitate substance). The floating solution and precipitate compounds were separated using the vacuum filter. After the precipitate part was washed 2 times with 20 mL ethanol for each time and filtered to collect the acid, the filtrate was made up to 100 mL by the mixing with the floating solution, followed by condensing and adding distilled water. The total acid amount in the sample was determined using acid-base titration method. The sample, after being titrated, was stored at 4 ℃ until use for HPLC to determine HCA.
The above experiments were done over times again by changing the parameters A, B, C to examine the capacity of the extraction process based on the microwave irradiation time, the machine level and the ratio of solid / liquid.
- Calibration, Linearity and determination of (-)-HCA by HPLC
Calibration curve was identified by changing the concentrations of 05 samples at 37.28; 49.70; 62.13; 14.55 and 86.79 ppm, respectively. Equation of calibration linearity was y = 14971x - 9212.4, in which y was the square of HCA peak, x was the concentration of HCA, the correlation coefficient R 2 = 0.9997.
The composition of the organic acid, was determined by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) as well as titration method, was shown in . 4 , 5 , 6 . The total contents of acids obtained by acid-base titration process were higher than that of (-)-HCA by HPLC. The major result obtained by HPLC method was HCA, because the peak area of HCA was biggest. After being extracted using microwave energy, the main organic acid was isolated in the G. oblongifolia rind by HPLC was (-)-HCA shown in . 3 . According to the resulting chromatography, HCA presents single peak in all of the samples. HCA peaks were identified based on the retention time of standard HCA solution noted at 3.802 min ( . 2 ). The retention time of HCA found in all samples was noted at 3.82 ± 0.01 min.
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HPLC Chromatogram of the standard HCA sample.
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HPLC Chromatogram of the sample extracted from the dry G. oblongifolia rind with water using microwave power.
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The dependence of the total amounts of acid and (-)-HCA on the extraction time.
- Extraction results over time
The total amount of organic acid as well as (-)-HCA extracted from the dried rinds of G. oblongifolia using microwave energy, increased with time, was shown in . 4 . . 4 indicated that the acid amount raised with the extraction time, reached to the peak at 25 min (The total amount of organic acid as well as (-)-HCA were 18.592 g/100g and 10.137g/100g, respectively), followed by the decrease in the amount of acid despite the increase of the extraction time. This can be explained as follows: as the extraction time increases, time for contacting between solvent and the rind of G. oblongifolia fruit raises, so the acid amount extracted boosts. Acids were completely extracted from the G. oblongifolia dried rinds whereas the extract time still remained, acid had risks to be denatured by microwave energy and so the amount of acid decreased.
- Extraction result based on the level of machine
The total amount of acid and (-)-HCA extracted from the G. oblongifolia dried rinds using microwave energy, increased with the machine level (microwave intensity), were shown in . 5 . As raising productivity of machine or machine level, the quantity of acid, in particularly, (-)-HCA increased. However, as continuously change the machine level up to micro 3, 4, 5, the acid amount had a tendency to decrease or change insignificantly. As raising the microwave power capacity of machine, that means increasing the machine level, the quantity of acid extracted was more. However, when microwave energy was too large, it can cause the denaturalization of the acid extracted. The suitable power level corresponds to micro 2 (400W) of machine.
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The dependence of the total amounts of acid and (-)-HCA on the machine level.
- Extraction result the ratio of the solid substance and solvent
The total amounts of the acids and (-)-HCA extracted from the G. oblongifolia dried rinds using the microwave power according to the ratio of the solid substance and solvent were described in . 6 . The total acid and (-)-HCA quantity grew gradually with the increase of the volume of solvent or the decrease of the ratio of solid and liquid. The acid amount was maximum when the ratio of solid and liquid was 0.071. And then, although the volume of solvent increased, the total amount of the acids and (-)-HCA decreased and change negligibly. It can be explained as follows: as increasing the solvent volume for each solid quantity, it means that the soluble capacity of acid extracted from solid phase to liquid phase raises, so the acid amount obtained increases. However, because the extraction times (15 min) as well as microwave capacity (400 W) were constant, the microwave energy supplied for the extract (the sample) was invariable. As a result, when the solvent volume increased, at first the amount of acid obtained raised, and then reduced. Because of the increase of the extraction solvent volume, it would take a longer time for boiling of the extract. It results the decrease in the quantity of acid extracted by thermal motion reduced. The ratio of solid and liquid giving the highest result was 0.071, approximately 150 mL of solvent for 10 g dried G. oblongifolia rinds.
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The dependence of the total amounts of acid and (-)-HCA on the ratio of the solid substance and solvent.
In summary, (-)-hydroxycitric acid was extracted from the dried G. oblongifolia dried rinds by using microwave power. The results obtained from the investigation of extracting hydroxycitric acid process from the dried G. oblongifolia rinds using microwave energy according to time, machine level and ratio of solid and liquid showed that: The most effective time for extraction was 25 min; the appropriate machine level was 2 level (microwave power was 400 W); the suitable ratio of solid and liquid was 0.071 (150 mL of solvent for 10g solid substance approximately); the total amount of organic acids as well as (-)-HCA obtained were 18.592 g/100 g sample and 10.137 g/100 g sample, respectively. Under the optimum conditions, microwave-assisted extraction could provide higher extraction yields of total amount of organic acids (18.592 g/100 g) than Soxhlet extraction (13.711 g/100 g) and pressure cooker distillation (17.468 g/100 g), higher extraction yields of (-)-HCA than Soxhlet extraction (9,508 g/100g) and less (-)-HCA than pressure cooker distillation (15,221 g/100 g), 3 in addition to having a shorter extraction time. Comparing (-)-HCA microwave-assisted extraction from G. oblongifolia with Soxhlet extraction from G. Cowa (10,209-12,260 g/100 g), 2 pressure cooker distillation from G. India (10,27-12,74%) 5 and G. cambogia (16-18%), 4 these results indicated that (-)-HCA microwave-assisted extraction from G. oblongifolia is an average.
From this result, it could be concluded that the microwave power can be used for extraction of (-)-HCA from the material of the dried G. oblongifolia dried rinds to produce weight-los products.
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