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Issue 9, 1997
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Bixin and Norbixin in Human Plasma: Determination and Study of the Absorption of a Single Dose of Annatto Food Color

Abstract

A procedure was developed for the detection and determination of bixin and norbixin in human plasma by reversed-phase HPLC with a sensitivity limit of 5 µg l - 1 . A group of seven volunteers ingested a single dose of 1 ml of a commercial Annatto Food Color (16 mg of cis-bixin in soybean oil). The presence of bixin (cis and trans) and norbixin (cis and trans) was demonstrated in the plasma at average levels of 11.6, 10.1, 2.8 and 0 µg l - 1 of bixin and 48, 58, 53 and 29 µg l - 1 of norbixin after 2, 4, 6 and 8 h, respectively. Considerable individual variations were observed. Complete plasma clearance generally occurred for bixin by 8 h and for norbixin by 24 h after ingestion of cis-bixin.

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Analyst, 1997,122, 977-980
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Bixin and Norbixin in Human Plasma: Determination and Study of the Absorption of a Single Dose of Annatto Food Color

L. W. Levy, E. Regalado, S. Navarrete and R. H. Watkins, Analyst, 1997, 122, 977
DOI: 10.1039/A701304C

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