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Ferulic Acid: Antioxidant That Helps Protect Skin Against UV Damage

What is Ferulic Acid?

Ferulic Acid is a phyto-chemical with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiallergic, anticarcinogenic, antithrombotic, antiviral and anti-hepatotoxicity properties.

Some studies suggested that Ferulic Acid may be useful for the treatment of diabetes, cancer and alzheimer's. It may also help prevent cardiovascular diseases in both smokers and nonsmokers.

The Natural Sources of Ferulic Acid

Naturally found in the leaves, seeds, grains and bran of some plants; here are the top ten foods with the Highest Ferulic Acid Content:

Foods  Ferulic Acid Content per kg weight
1 Sugar Beet Pulp 8g
2 Popcorn 3.13g
3 Bamboo Shoots 2.44g
4 Whole Grain Rye Bread 0.54g
5 Whole Grain Oat Flakes 0.25 - 0.52g
6 Sweet Corn 0.42g
7 Red Beet/Pickled Red Beet 0.25 - 0.39g
8 Eggplant  0.07 - 0.35g
9 Water Dropwort 0.07 - 0.34g
10 Rice - brown, long grain parboiled 0.24g

The Chemical Structure of Ferulic Acid

Ferulic Acid is a free radical scavenger, not only that, it is also capable of inhibiting the free radical generation. A recent study by Medical University of Łódź in Poland suggested that Ferulic Acid accelerates skin renewal and protects the skin's components such as collagen, elastin, fibroblasts and others, from degradation.

In term of chemical structure, Ferulic Acid consists of cinnamic acid and benzoic acid. Cinnamic acid is an effective UV absorber, particularly UVB. Benzoic acid is a substance known for its anti-microbial and anti-fungal activities. It has been used as a preservative in foods and skincare products.


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The Cosmetic and Skincare Uses of Ferulic Acid

Ferulic Acid protects skin against UV damage. It helps prevent the appearance of UV-induced dark spots and slow down the skin photoageing process.

Due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiallergic properties; Ferulic Acid is a great ingredient in so called anti-ageing skincare products. It is one of the key ingredients in Henry Tianus Bio-Collagen Serum. This award-winning rejuvenating lifting serum has been formulated with 8 bioactive ingredients including Resveratrol, Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin E, 24-karat Nano Gold particles, Nano Hyaluronic Acid, Scutellaria Baicalensis and Rose extract. Resveratrol is one of the most powerful antioxidant that helps prevent premature signs of ageing.


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Scientific Sources: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 84, 2004, Pages 1261–1269: Ferulic acid: pharmaceutical functions, preparation and applications in foods. Shiyi Ou (Department of Food Science and Technology, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China) and Kin-Chor Kwok (Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China); Biotechnology Reports (Elsevier), Volume 4, December 2014, Pages 86-93: Potential applications of ferulic acid from natural sources. NareshKumar, Vikas Pruthi (Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee 247667, India); Food Chemistry (Elsevier), Volume 109, Issue 4, 15 August 2008, Pages 691-702: Chemistry, natural sources, dietary intake and pharmacokinetic properties of ferulic acid: A review. Zhaohui Zhao, Mohammed H. Moghadasian.

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