Ferulic acid (FA) is a constituent of the seeds and leaves of many plants, particularly in grains. FA concentrations vary
widely depending on plant variety and growing conditions. FA is water-soluble and is well absorbed when used as a supplement.
Its structural resemblance to curcumin (a poorly absorbed supplement) suggests its possible value as a curcumin substitute.
Studies in humans, animals, and cell culture have provided evidence for the following actions of ferulic acid:
- inhibition or prevention of cancers of the breast, colon, lung, stomach, and tongue
- prevention of brain damage by Alzheimer’s proteins
- inhibiting prostate growth
- strengthening of bone
- prevention of diabetes-induced free radical formation
- expansion of pancreatic islets
- reduction of elevated lipid, triglyceride, and blood glucose levels
- lowering cholesterol production, raising of HDL levels
- prevention of hot flashes
- prevention of free-radical damage to cell membranes
- protection of skin from aging effects of UV light
- stimulation of the immune system
- stimulation of retinal cell growth in degenerative retinal diseases
Ferulic acid’s value as an athletic performance enhancer is controversial, two studies support it, one does not.