American Journal of Chemistry

Volume 2, Number 1 (2017) pp 1-7 doi 10.20448/812.2.1.1.7 | Research Articles

 

Comparison of Two Methods for The Determination of Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) in Some Fruits

Isam Eldin H. Elgailani 1 , Mohamed A. M. Gad-Elkareem 1 Elnoor A. A. Noh 1 Omer E. A. Adam 1 Ahmed M. A. Alghamdi 1 
1 Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences and Arts at Baljurashi, Albaha University, Albaha, Saudi Arabia

Abstract

The present research deals with the comparison of the two methods for the determination of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) content in some fruits namely apples, oranges, lemons, tangerines and grapes. The fruits were collected from local market in Baljurashi city. Vitamin C content of fresh fruit were determined by titrimetric and spectrophotometric methods using potassium permenganate as a chromogenic reagent. The absorbance is measured spectrophotometrically at 530 nm. The titrimetric method was carried out by an iodimetric back-titration. The results obtained from this study revealed that there is no significant difference between the two methods, but the spectroscophotometric method has been preferred to determine the amount of vitamin C than the titrimetric method.

Keywords: Spectrophotometric, Titrimetric , Vitamin C, Ascorbic acid, Determination.

DOI: 10.20448/812.2.1.1.7

Citatio : Isam Eldin H. Elgailani; Mohamed A. M. Gad-Elkareem; Elnoor A. A. Noh; Omer E. A. Adam; Ahmed M. A. Alghamdi (2017). Comparison of Two Methods for The Determination of Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) in Some Fruits. American Journal of Chemistry, 2(1): 1-7.

Copyright:This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License

Funding: This study received no specific financial support.

Competing Interests: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Publisher: Online Science Publishing

1. Introduction

Vitamins as general help the human to maintain a healthy diet (Rahman et al., 2006). Vitamin C, more properly called ascorbic acid. The chemical formula of ascorbic acid is (R)-5-((S)-1,2-dihydroxyethyl)3,4- dihydroxyfuran-2(5H)-one, molar mass 176.12 g mol−1, Density 1.65 g/cm3, melting point 190-192 °C, with solubility in water about 33 g/100 mL (Rahman et al., 2006; Fadhel, 2012) (Figure 1).  Vitamin C is an essential antioxidant needed by the human body. Ascorbic acid is of great importance in biochemical reactions as a reducing agent (Moeslinger et al., 1995; Rahman et al., 2006; Wonsawat, 2006; Fadhel, 2012) . Vitamin C is the L-enantiomer of ascorbic acid, it is a water-soluble vitamin used by the body for several purposes. It is the most important vitamin in fruits and vegetables. Most animals can synthesize their own vitamin C, except human and other primates (Kumar et al., 2013).

Figure-1. The structure formula of Ascorbic acid.
Source: Fadhel (2012)

We get vitamin C from the food we eat, particularly fruit and vegetables. Our bodies need vitamin C to make a substance called collagen which is required for the health and repair of our skin, bones, teeth and cartilage (Rahman et al., 2006). Vitamin C was first isolated in 1928, and in 1932 it was proved to be the agent, which prevents scurvy. The common sources of vitamin C are citrus fruits, (lime, lemon, orange, grape fruit) and many other foods such as tomatoes papaya, broccoli, brussels sprouts, blackberries, strawberries, cauliflower, spinach, cantaloupe, and blueberries. Several analytical methods have been reported for the determination of vitamin C using spectrometry and amperometry (Arya et al., 1998; Arya et al., 2000). The development of rapid, simple, and inexpensive analytical methods is one of areas of growing interest, especially since quick decisions are needed in environmental, medical, and industrial fields (Shephard et al., 1999). Many analytical methods were used for ascorbic acid determination, including Titrimetric spectrophotometry and Chromatography (Rahman et al., 2006; Selimović et al., 2011; Fadhel, 2012) titrimetry, voltammetry, fluorometry, potentiometry as an analytical techniques (Shephard et al., 1999; Shephard et al., 1999; Shephard et al., 1999; Kabasakalis et al., 2000; Ruedas et al., 2004) . Similarly, liquid chromatography (Zerdin et al., 2003; Franke et al., 2004) capillary electrophoresis (Versari et al., 2004) and gas chromatography (Silva, 2005) were also used for the the determination of ascorbic acid from different species of citrus fruits.. Spectrophotometry is one of the most frequently used simple methods, because Vitamin C is able to absorb UV ray (Moeslinger et al., 1995; Rahman et al., 2006; Wonsawat, 2006; Fadhel, 2012) . The method is suitable for use with vitamin C tablets, fresh or packaged fruit juices and solid fruits and vegetables. In this work, vitamin C in some fruits was determine by titrimetric and spectrophotometric method . The two methods were also compared in order to determine a simple methods for the determination of vitamin C in some local fruits.

2. Materials and Methods

2.1. Samples Area and Preparations

Fruit samples werebcollected from different markets of Baljurashi city, southwest of Saudi Arabia. The samples used in this study were apples, oranges, lemons, tangerines and grapes which are considered to be the most popular fruits. Samples were thoroughly cleaned with water to remove dust and unwanted particles. The samples were prepared by cutting  them into small pieces for each sample separately, and  have been dealt with a manner to prevent them from contamination by chemicals or any other pollutants. Each of the samples has been mixed thoroughly homogenous mixture and stored in containers at room temperature for instant analysis.

2.2. Chemicals, Reagents and Apparatus

All chemicals and reagents used in this study were of analytical grade. UV-Visible Spectrophotometer (PD-303UV,  APEL CO., LT) was also used for specrophotometric measurements.

2.3. General Procedure for Preparation of Fruit Samples

The queous extracts for each of the five samples were prepared by weighing accurately 100 g of the freshly prepared fruit sample in a 500 ml beaker and blended vigoursly to obtain the fruit juice by adding 30 ml of oxalic acid (0.5% w/v) in order to prevent the oxidation of ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Each of the mixtures were filtered through a precleaned cloth and receiving the filtrate in a 250 ml Erlenmeyer flask. The aliquot of each sample was transferred to a 100 ml volumetric flask and then completed to the mark with oxalic acid solution (0.5%). Blank was prepared by the same manner as except for the addition of fruit samples. Each of the five fruit samples was treated separately  as described under the general procedure.

2.4. Preparation of Stock and Standard Solutions of Ascorbic Acid

Standard solution of ascorbic acid was prepared by dissolving an accurate weight of 0.01g of standard ascorbic acid in  small amount of oxalic acid solution (0.5%.) and then completed to 100 ml with the same solution to obtain 

a concentration of 100 μg/mL. A series of dilutions 1.0, 4.0, 8.0, 12 and 16 μg/mL were prepared from the stock ascorbic acid solution.

2.5. Prepare Potassium Permanganate Solution

A solution of KMnO4 of concentration of 100 μg/mL was prepared by dissolving an accurately 0.01 g of KMnO4  in  H2SO4 solution (5.0M) , then transferred into a 100 mL volumetric flask and completed to the mark with distilled water and thoroughly mixed. This solution was used a chromogenic reagent for the determination of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) by spectrophotometer.

2.6. Preparation of Standard Calibration Curve of Ascorbic Acid

Standard calibration curve of ascorbic was established by graphing concentrations versus absorbance of ascorbic standard solutions by taking 10 mL of each of standard solutions and put in a test tube, then 1 mL of KMnO4 solution (100 μg/mL) was added. This solution was let to stand for 5 minutes. The absorbance of this standard solutions were read at 530 nm against blank.

2.7. Preparation of Fruit Samples for Analysis by UV-Visible Spectrophotometer

Each of the five of fruit samples were accurately taken as 10.0 mL for each sample, and then transferred into a test tube, and 1.0 mL of KMnO4 (100 μg/mL) was added for each. The contents of each test tube were mixed well and stand for 5 minutes. The prepared solutions were were read at 530 nm against blank by spectrophotometer using a suitable concentration for the analysis.

2.8. Determination of Ascorbic Acid  in the Fruit Samples by Titration Method

Accurate 1 ml of each of the freshly prepared fruit sample solution was transferred and then diluted to 200 ml with distilled water.Then 10 ml of each of these solutions were put into  conical flask. To this flask 5.0 ml of KI solution (0.2 M) , 2.5 ml of hydrochloric acid HCl (1.0 M)  and few drops of starch solution were added. Each of the five solutios was then titrared against KIO3 (0.015 M) from the burette until the appearance of blue -black colour which indicate the end point of the reaction. The titration was repeated three time for each of the fruit samples. The results were recorded, tabulated and calculated for ascorbic acid determination for each samples. 

2.9. Statistical Analysis

Averages and standard deviations from sample studies and linear regressions for calibration curves were determined using Microsoft Excel 2007. Statistical analysis was performed with one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA).

3. Results and Discussion

3.1. Determination of the Absorption Spectra

The maximum absorption wavelength (λ max) for the products which obtained by the reaction of  ascorbic acid of prepared fruit samples and KMnO4 solution (100 μg/mL) occurred at 530 nm against the blank as in (Figure 2).

Figure-2. The λmax of reaction of prepared ascorbic acid (10 µg/mL) with KMnO4 solution (100 μg/mL).
Source: (UV-Visible Spectrophotometric analysis).

3.2. Preparation of the Calibration Curve of Ascorbic Acid

Calibration curves for the determination of ascorbic acid in the prepared fruit samples and (KMnO4 solution) were constructed by plotting the absorbances as a function of the corresponding concentrations  as shown in (Figure 3). There was observed a proportional increase in absorbance at the respective λmax with increasing concentration of each ascorbic acid standard solutions.

Figure-3. Calibration curve for the determination of ascorbic acid (vitamin C).
Source: (UV-Visible Spectrophotometric analysis).

3.3. Determination of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) in the Fruit Samples by Spectrophotometer

Each of unknown fruit samples solutions were treated in the same way for ascorbic acid determination.  The absorbance of unknown sample solutions were measured. These absorbance values were referred to their related concentrations in the calibration curves (Table 1). The results obtained by UV-Visible Spectrophotometer reveal varying amounts of vitamin C in fruit samples.

Table-1. Amount of vitamin C  in fruit samples by spectrophotometric method:


Fruit samples

Absorbance

Vitamin C (mg/L)

Vitamin C (g/L)*

apples

0.015

15.0

7.50

oranges

0.013

13.0

11.70

lemons

0.012

12.0

10.80

tangerines

0.015

15.0

3.00

grapes

0.019

19.0

15.00

                           * The corresponding values after multiplication by dilution factor.

3.4. Determination of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) in the Fruit Samples by Titrimetric Method

In the determination of  ascorbic acid content of fruit samples by titrimetric method  using potassium iodate. Iodine, I2, is a weak oxidizing agent. It would only oxidize vitamin C (C6H8O6) as far as desired. But iodine is almost insoluble in water (0.0013 M). The  iodine produced  immediately react with Vitamin C. Its concentration will never be large enough to precipitate. Iodides like potassium iodide, KI, are quite soluble. Iodides are easily oxidized to I2.

The amount of vitamin C in the fruit samples were determined by using the below relationship can be found as shown in (Table 2):

Where,  M = molar, V = volume (Palml), and n = number of moles of the equation.

Table-2. Amount of vitamin C in  fruit samples as determined by titremetric method


fruit samples

volume of KIO3 required for the titration with vitamin C (ml)

amount of vitamin C (mole /L)

amount of vitamin C (g/L)*

I

II

III

Average volume

apples

12.5

12.7

12.7

12.6

0.0567

9.986

oranges

13.6

13.3

13.3

13.4

0.0603

10.620

lemons

12.5

12.3

12.1

12.3

0.0554

9.757

tangerines

12.7

12.6

12.7

12.7

0.0571

10.056

grapes

12.5

12.4

12.3

12.4

0.0558

9.827

*    Equal molar concentration multiplied by 176.12 (molecular weight)

Comparison of the two methods was carried out, it was found that there is no large differences between the two method except in the case of tangerines and grapes in which they were showed differences in the amount of vitamin C as seen in (Figure 4).

Figure-4. Comparison of specrophotomeric and titrimetric methods in some fruits.
Source: (results obtained and compared from the investigation).

4. Conclusions

We can conclude that the current study revealed that there is a good agreement with results of the amount of vitamin C in some fruits obtained by the spectrophotometric and titrimetric method. Spectrophotometric method has been preferred because it is simple and fast method.

5. Acknowledgments

Special thanks to the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Arts at Baljurashi, Albaha University where this evaluation and investigation have been carried out, for laboratory facilities and valuable assistance in the use of various equipments.

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About the Authors

Isam Eldin H. Elgailani
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences and Arts at Baljurashi, Albaha University, Albaha, Saudi Arabia
Mohamed A. M. Gad-Elkareem
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences and Arts at Baljurashi, Albaha University, Albaha, Saudi Arabia
Elnoor A. A. Noh
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences and Arts at Baljurashi, Albaha University, Albaha, Saudi Arabia
Omer E. A. Adam
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences and Arts at Baljurashi, Albaha University, Albaha, Saudi Arabia
Ahmed M. A. Alghamdi
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences and Arts at Baljurashi, Albaha University, Albaha, Saudi Arabia

Corresponding Authors

Isam Eldin H. Elgailani

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