Ferulic acid

Category: Natural chemicals



Introduction and description


Ferulic acid is a hydroxycinnamic acid, a type of organic compound. It is an abundant phenolic phytochemical found in plant cell walls. Its name comes from the word Ferula, referring to the giant fennel. Ferulic acid, like many natural phenols, is an antioxidant. It also appears to have a chelating agent effect on some toxins, very notably metals.

It can be found in lots of other foods and plants, for example: -

  • Asafoetida – a separate entry on this website is available for this
  • Angelica
  • Ice plants [ carpobrotus edulis]
  • Wholegrains - in both seeds and cell walls of commelinid plants such as rice, wheat, and oats
  • Flax - the highest known concentration of ferulic acid glucoside has been found in flax seed (4.1 +/- 0.2 g/kg).
  • Pineapple
  • Chinese water chestnut
  • White beans - the white bean variety navy bean is the richest source of ferulic acid among the common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) varieties.
  • Sweet corn - Cooked sweet corn releases increased levels of ferulic acid.
  • Rice bran oil - this compound is naturally found in rice bran oil, a popular cooking oil in several Asian countries
  • Yacon tea - The tea brewed from the leaves of yacón (Smallanthus sonchifolius), traditionally grown in the Northern and Central Andes, contains quantities of ferulic acid
  • Centaurium erythraea - the tea brewed from the European centaury (Centaurium erythraea), a plant used as a medical herb in many parts of Europe.




In general it has a number of health related properties, for example it has antibacterial and antioxidant properties. 


More detail is provided in the observations.







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