Ferulic acid sources, health benefits and uses

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 by

Ferulic acid is a yellowish powder phytochemical that is a member of the family of hydroxycinnamic acid. Its chemical structure has its similarities to that of curcumin.

You can gain ferulic acid by eating brown rice, oats, peanuts, pineapples, cinnamon, aloe, and whole wheat.

When it comes to using dietary supplements containing ferulic acid, however, medical literature has yet to say anything about the safety of long-term or regular intake. Take note that self-medicating a chronic condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure with ferulic acid coupled with avoiding standard care can lead to serious consequences to your health.

Medicinal uses for ferulic acid

Ferulic acid has cancer-fighting elements. According to a study titled Caffeic and ferulic acid as blockers of nitrosamine formation that was published in Carcinogenesis in 1984 and which was conducted by W. Kuenzig and his group of researchers, dietary caffeic acid and ferulic acid contributes to the body’s defense against cancer-causing elements by preventing the formation of N-nitroso compounds.

Ferulic acid can be used as a basic ingredient in skincare products, especially those that are branded as having anti-aging properties. A study that was published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology in 2008 was able to indicate that a topical mixture consisting of ferulic acid, phloretin (which is a compound that can naturally be found in apples), vitamin C, and vitamin E may help block out the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays by reducing oxidative stress.

Ferulic acid supposedly helps in controlling the body’s sugar levels. In a study that was published in Phytotherapy Research in 2004, scientists found out that ferulic acid may help treat diabetes by increasing the patient’s antioxidant capacity and helping to regulate their blood sugar levels.

Ferulic acid can treat hearing loss. In a study titled In vivo protective effect of ferulic acid against noise-induced hearing loss in the guinea-pig, it was found out that ferulic acid-induced improvement of auditory function was counteracted by the heme oxygenase (HO) inhibitor zinc-protoporphyrin-IX.

Body systems supported by ferulic acid

Ferulic acid is good for the cardiovascular system. According to a study that was published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology in 2013, ferulic acid improved the function and structure of the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, and liver in rats that are experiencing high blood pressure.

Ferulic acid is good for the excretory system. A combination of ferulic acid and resveratrol prevents free radical damage to the kidneys, liver, and pancreas, possibly by reducing inflammation, according to a 2012 study from the European Journal of Pharmacology.

Where to learn more

Summary

Ferulic acid has cancer-fighting elements.

Ferulic acid supposedly helps in controlling the body’s sugar levels.

Ferulic acid can treat hearing loss.

Sources include:

Phytochemicals.info

VeryWell.com

WomenHealth-Phytochemicals.BlogSpot.in



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