Articles

On the antioxidant activity of melatonin

Author

Antunes F

Date

1/1999

Journal

Free Radic Biol Med

Abstract

Melatonin has been widely reported to be an effective antioxidant. Studies of its ability to inhibit the autoxidation of lipids in homogeneous solution and in model heterogeneous systems show that melatonin is not a peroxyl radical trapping antioxidant. In contrast, melatonin can inhibit metal ion-catalyzed oxidation processes.