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Curcuma zerumbet (Zingiberaceae) Rhizome Extracts Thermal Characterization Through TG, DTA and DSC Analysis

Castro M1*, Pinheiro C2, Marinho H2 and Porcu OM3

1 Post-Graduation on Biotechnology, Federal University of Amazonas, Brazil

2 National Research Institute of the Amazon, Thematic Laboratory of Natural Products, Brazil

3 Federal Technological University of Paraná Câmpus Medianeira, Brazil

*Corresponding author:Castro M, Federal University of Amazonas, Post-Graduation on Biotechnology, Amazonas-Brazil, Av. Gal. Rodrigo Otávio Jordão Ramos, 3000, Coroado, University Campus, CEP: 69077000, Brazil

Submission: November 08, 2018;Published: November 14, 2018

Volume1 Issue3
November 2018


The present work aims to achieve the thermal characterization of the water and hydroalcoholic extracts from the rhizome of Curcuma zerumbet through TG, DTA and DSC thermoanalytic as well phytochemical analysis from three different geographical sites. Dynamical assays at the 30 to 300 °C range were conducted so as to ascertain whether the extracts could be utilized in every food production process regardless of their temperature and studied the essential oil from them through GC-MS. The expressed results indicated these extracts cannot be utilized in the food manufacturing processes above 100 °C due to the degradation of bioactive components such as curcuminoids and/or curzerenone, compounds with pharmacological properties.

Keywords: Curcuma zerumbet; Thermogravimetry; Natural extracts


Genus Curcuma belongs to Family Zingiberaceae and possesses over 70 species. This genus is endemic to the Indo-Malayan regions, where the species are grown and therapeutically utilized by the population in India, China and Indonesia [1]. In Brazil, only the Curcuma longa species is being utilized for therapeutic ends whereas the other ones are utilized for ornamental purposes, mainly those occurring in the State of Amazonas. One of the main components extracted from this genus is the curcumin, which is also responsible for its bioactive activities. The literature describes its positive effects when used in several forms, such as extracts, solutions and, oral and intraperitoneal administration [2]. One of the species of exotic occurrence in the State of Amazonas is Curcuma zerumbet, which is utilized by many residents as an ornamental plant, and yet, some people use it for therapeutic purposes (roots and rhizomes) [3], which may be employed in the form of infusion, decoction, tincture, powder or chewable pieces. Curcumin contents present in the rhizome extracts may undergo some changes during boiling or heating, therefore it should undergo analyses. However, providing useful information about the characteristic changes during its heating [4] is important, since it becomes useful for maximizing the quality of the material and minimizing the losses during the thermal treatment [5] (Brazzoli et al, 2007). Thus, information pertaining to these extracts during thermal processing, and its application on the actual process undertaking, would be beneficial for the development of new Curcuma zerumbet-based food products. Once there are no published reports addressing its extracts during heating processing as of yet, the present study aims to characterize the Curcuma zerumbet rhizome hydroalcoholic and water extracts thermal behavior.

Material and Methods


Samples of species Curcuma zerumbet were collected in the Community Tarumã-mirim, Ramal do Pau Rosa, BR 174, Km 21, Latitude 2°43ʹ17ʺS, Longitude 60°08ʹ19ʺW, located in the State of Amazonas/Brazil. The sample was deposited in the herbaria of the National Institute for Research in Amazonia (INPA), under n0 003. Rhizomes were washed in running water, dried in an oven with circulating air at 45 °C for 24h. After, they were ground in a semiindustrial liquidizer and the following extracts were prepared.

Preparation of the extracts

Extraction of essential oil: We attained the essential oil through the hydro distillation process by utilizing the Clevenger device coupled to a balloon, into which we added 200g of the rhizome per 1.5mL of distilled water. The essential oil was stored in dark at 4 °C until used for experimentation.

Water Extract: We weighed 50g of the powder of the rhizome from C. zerumbet and diluted in 1000mL of distilled water.

Heated it in a closed beaker for about 15 minutes, cooled to room temperature and filtered [6]. The material was dehydrated through the lyophilization process utilizing LS 3000 (TERRONI®) for 48h.

Hydroalcoholic Extract: 200g rhizome powder from C. zerumbet was extracted through 2000mL of solvent (ethanol and distilled water). Extraction was carried out through classic maceration for 72h at room temperature. Subsequently, the extract was, filtered through a filter paper (Whatman N° 1) and evaporated under reduced pressure by rotary evaporator (Tecnal rotavapor TE- 211). After evaporation of the solvent, the obtained crude extract was stored in the fridge at +4 °C for further experiment.

Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry-GC-MS: To prepare the sample to be injected into the mass spectrometer-coupled gas chromatographer, we utilized one μL of oil diluted into one mL of dichloromethane in QP2010MS Shimadzu chromatographer. The mass spectrometer performed the analyses in scan mode (40-600m/z) and the capillary column (30m long with 0.25 d.i. and 0.25μm of film), with a stationary phase made up of 5% of phenyl-methyl poly-siloxane. The planning that enabled the chromatographic peaks resolution showed to be the following analysis condition: Initial column temperature: 60 °C, Final column temperature: 240 °C, Injector temperature: 250 °C.

Thermal analysis of extracts: Extracts were submitted to the following thermal analysis techniques: Thermogravimetry (TG) and Differentiated Thermal Analysis (DTA) in a simultaneous determination device (TA Instruments SDT Q-600, USA), Differential Searching Calorimetry (DSC) (DSC Q-20). We utilized synthetic air atmosphere, with 50 mL.min-1 gas flux and 10 °C.min-1h heating rate. The temperature gap analyzed was 30 to 300 °C.

Results and Discussions

Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry-GC-MS

Through hydro distillation, we attained a dark purplecolored and characteristic smelling essential oil presenting with a 2.0%±0.4 mean yield. The GC-MS analysis of the essential oil from the rhizome of C. zerumbet detected 31 chemical components presented in Table 1. The oil showed 22.5% of monoterpenes and 77.5% of sesquiterpenes with similar structures or properties, indicating the sesquiterpenes to predominate in the essential oil, thus corroborating the studies by Zhou et al. [7], who when analyzing the oil from C. zedoaria described it to possess 19.6% of monoterpenes and 80.4% of sesquiterpenes. While Yang [8] studied several curcuma species and identified an average of 10.3% of monoterpenes and 89.7% of sesquiterpenes. Table 1 showed the major chemical component was found to be curzerenone (C15H1802) with 49.45% of area, showed anti-inflammatory (Soares & Alves, 2004), analgesic and antioxidant properties [9]. Amongst the detected peaks, five compounds showed to be characteristic to the curcuma genus: curzerene, curcumenol, farnesol, β-elemene and curcumenone [8,10,11].

Table 1:Identification of the active components of the essential oil from Curcuma zerumbet detected by CG-MS.

Extracts thermal analysis

The thermogram from (Figure 1) by thermogravimetric (TG) at 10-°C min-1 for the water extract of Curcuma zerumbet showed the initial stage of decomposition, at approximately 33 °C to 130 °C, which we may attribute to the sample’s dehydration profile. Further loss was occurred at 225 °C and proceed further at 300 °C. The compound showed a relatively high mass loss, about 55%, in the studied temperature gap. Whereas, the hydroalcoholic extract showed first dehydration stage at approximately 50 °C then took place from around 225 °C onward. Thermal events by DSC (Figure 2), showed an endothermic peck at around 60 °C, which may be attributed to the water extract dehydration and consequent mass loss. From 200 °C onward, we observed the base line to present a deviation. Policegoudra and Aradhya [12] verified curcuma rhizome DSC slopes to vary: Curcuma longa 27 °C; Curcuma zedoaria 33 °C and Curcuma manga 79 °C, there being no standard parameter that would enable them to be compared. According to their studies, this analysis was influenced by the molecular weight and structure of the amylopectins present in the rhizomes of the species. DSC slope characterized an endothermic transition at around 60 °C for the hydroalcoholic extract, which one may attribute to the loss of water absorbed by the sample. At around 200 °C there occurred another endothermic transition attributed to organic matter decomposition.

Figure 1:TG Thermogravimetry profile attained for the Curcuma zerumbet water and hydroalcoholic extract, respectively, under dynamic, synthetic air atmosphere with 50mL.min-1 outflow, 10 °C.min-1 heating rate and support of α-Al2O3 with lid.

Figure 2:Graphic expression of the DSC sloped attained for Curcuma zerumbet water and hydroalcoholic extracts, respectively, under dynamic, synthetic air atmosphere with 50mL.min-1 outflow, 10 °C min-1 heating rate, α-Al2O3 support with lid.

Figure 3:Curcuma zerumbet respective water and hydroalcoholic extracts DTA soles obtained under dynamic, synthetic air atmosphere with 50mL.min-1 outflow, 10 °C.min-1 heating rate, α-Al2O3 support with lid.

Figure 4:TG/DTA slopes of the Curcuma zerumbet water and hydroalcoholic extracts, respectively obtained under dynamic synthetic air atmosphere with 50mL.min-1 outflow, 10 °C.min-1 heating rate, support of α-Al2O3 with lid.

DTA slope (Figure 3) showed similar behavior, with an endothermic peak as the one observed on the same decomposition stage referred to on the aqueous extract DSC slope at around 60 °C establishing a dehydration step. Hydroalcoholic extract DTA slope presented the same DSC slope endothermic peak at around 60 °C, followed by another higher reaching endothermic peak, followed by more intensified decomposition step. In the TG/DTA slope (Figure 4) the water extract decomposition steps are not well defined, nevertheless, two different, yet close to each other decomposition steps, were characterized. The first step occurred at approximately 70 °C with an initial small mass loss of around 5%, which is probably due to the presence of water absorbed from the environment and, the further loss through volatility of the water contained in the sample. The second step began close to 165 °C, losing little mass. However, at around 215 °C the mass loss became sharp, which may demonstrate the organic matter decomposition. The sample loses as a whole approximately 67% of its mass at the analyzed temperature (300 °C). In the TG/DTA slope for the hydroalcoholic extract, the decomposition steps are not well defined. Yet, at around 210 °C, there occurred a loss of 62% of mass which, may be attributed to the organic matter decomposition [13].


Based on these findings, one may assert that, after being analyzed through thermo analytical techniques, the aqueous and hydroalcoholic extracts from the rhizome of Curcuma zerumbet belong to three different geographical sites, demonstrated that, from 150 °C onwards, there was a sharp loss of mass in the extracts indicating probable degradation of carbohydrates and denaturation of biomolecules. On the other hand, these data indicated the sample of Curcuma zerumbet instability at high temperature.


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