WEST GEORGIAN HONEY CATIONS
The present study was conducted to determine the content of four mineral elements in honeys originating from different regions of West Georgia. Sodium (Na), Potassium (K), Calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), and Ammonium (NH4+) were analyzed by HPLC-Conductivity, column “Cation” (3.9x150mm) solvent 0.1 mM EDTA 3mM HNO3, following the microwave digestion of the honey. High mineral contents were observed in the investigated honeys with K, Na, Ca and Mg being the most abundant elements with mean concentrations in Chestnut honey 5000-7000 ppm, 56-150 ppm, 40-230 ppm, 25-130 ppm, respectively. In Lime (Tilia) honey - 2400-2600 ppm, 30-50 ppm, 160-180 ppm, 45-60 ppm, Acacia honey 300-500 ppm, 35-45 ppm, 85-95 ppm, 15-25 ppm, Field honey -750-930 ppm, 35-45 ppm, 75-130 ppm, 25-35 ppm, Spring polyflora honey - 630-650 ppm, 45-50 ppm, 280-300 ppm, 25-35 ppm, Autumn polyflora Honey – 2500-3000 ppm, 80-100 ppm, 250-300 ppm, 80-100 ppm respectively. The correlation dependence was between the content of cations in the honey and conductivity (Chestnut honey 1.4 µs/cm, Lime (Tilia), honey 0.5 µs/cm, Acacia honey 0.16 µs/cm, Field honey 0.55 µs/cm, Spring polyflora honey 1.2 µs/cm, Autumn polyflora Honey 1.3 µs/cm)
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