" A recent study suggested that ferulic acid accelerates skin renewal and protects collagen, elastin, fibroblasts and other skin components from degradation."
What is Ferulic Acid?
Ferulic acid is a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic and anti-cancer properties. Antioxidant has a significant role in preventing premature ageing, hence, anti-ageing skincare products often contain few or more antioxidants to slow down the skin ageing.
In term of chemical structure, ferulic acid consists of cinnamic acid and benzoic acid. Cinnamic acid is an effective UV absorber, particularly UVB, hence, ferulic acid helps protect skin from UV damage and photoageing. 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 for decades.
Medical studies indicated that ferulic acid may be useful for the treatment of diabetes, cancer and alzheimer's. It has also been suggested that ferulic acid helps prevent cardiovascular diseases in both smokers and non-smokers.
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||8,000mg|
|4||Whole Grain Rye Bread||540mg|
|5||Whole Grain Oat Flakes||250 - 520mg|
|7||Red Beet/Pickled Red Beet||250 - 390mg|
|8||Eggplant||70 - 350mg|
|9||Water Dropwort||70 - 340mg|
|10||Rice - brown, long grain parboiled||240mg|
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Ferulic Acid Protects Collagen, Elastin and Other Skin Components From Degradation
Ferulic acid is a free radical scavenger, not only that, it is also capable of inhibiting free radical generation. A recent study by Medical University of Łódź in Poland suggested that ferulic acid accelerates skin renewal and protects collagen, elastin, fibroblasts and other skin components from degradation.
Which Skin Type Can Benefit From Ferulic Acid?
Ferulic acid protects skin against UV damage. It helps prevent the appearance of UV-induced dark spots and slows down the skin's ageing process. Ferulic acid is suitable for all skin types, from acne-prone skin to dry, sensitive and mature skin.
Ferulic Acid Skincare Products
Due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties; ferulic acid is a great skincare product ingredient especially for anti-ageing skincare products. Ferulic acid works synergistically with other antioxidants. Along with vitamin E, ferulic acid is known to stabilise L-ascorbic acid, the most potent form of vitamin C.
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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. Naresh Kumar, 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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