Abstract Title:

Antioxidant effects of liquorice (Glycyrrhiza uralensis) extract during aging of longissimus thoracis muscle in Tan sheep.

Abstract Source:

Meat Sci. 2015 Jul ;105:38-45. Epub 2015 Mar 6. PMID: 25771136

Abstract Author(s):

Yuwei Zhang, Hailing Luo, Kun Liu, Huina Jia, Yong Chen, Zhenzhen Wang

Article Affiliation:

Yuwei Zhang


The study was conducted to investigate the potential of liquorice extract (LE) from Glycyrrhiza uralensis as a dietary supplement for sheep to improve antioxidant capacity of meat. Fifty Tan sheep were randomly allocated to five groups with LE supplementation at levels of 0, 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 mg/kg feed. After 120 days, the longissimus thoracis muscle was sampled and conditioned for 0, 2, 4, 6 and 8 days at 4°C. The results revealed that LE scavenged free radical in a dose-response manner in vitro. Supplementation with LE in animal diet increased (P<0.05) antioxidant content and radical scavenging activity while it decreased (P<0.05) reactive oxygen species (ROS) and thiobarbituric acid reactive substance (TBARS) levels of meat. Dietary LE supplementation can improve antioxidant capacity of meat, and the optimum dosage range of LE supplementation appeared to be 3000 to 4000 mg/kg feed.

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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