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For the French opera singer, see Lucinde Paradol.
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27113-22-0 YesY
ChemSpider 85173 N
EC number 248-228-1
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KEGG C10482 N
MeSH C421614
PubChem 94378
Molar mass 278.39 g/mol
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Paradol is the active flavor constituent of the seeds of Guinea pepper (Aframomum melegueta or grains of paradise).[1] It is also found in ginger.[2] Paradol has been found to have antioxidant and antitumor promoting effects in a mouse model.[3]

It is used in flavors as an essential oil to give spiciness.

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  1. ^ Xavier Fernandez, Christine Pintaric, Louisette Lizzani-Cuvelier, André-Michel Loiseau, Alain Morello and Patrick Pellerin (2006). "Chemical composition of absolute and supercritical carbon dioxide extract of Aframomum melegueta". Flavour and Fragrance Journal 21 (1): 162–165. doi:10.1002/ffj.1554. 
  2. ^ Jolad SD, Lantz RC, Chen GJ, Bates RB, Timmermann BN (2005). "Commercially processed dry ginger (Zingiber officinale): composition and effects on LPS-stimulated PGE2 production". Phytochemistry 66 (13): 1614–1635. PMID 15996695. 
  3. ^ Chung WY, Jung YJ, Surh YJ, Lee SS, Park KK (2001). "Antioxidative and antitumor promoting effects of [6]-paradol and its homologs". Mutat. Res. 496 (1-2): 199–206. doi:10.1016/s1383-5718(01)00221-2. PMID 11551496.