Caffeic Acid: Sources, Potential Uses and Health Benefits


Henry R. Collins (Editor)

Series: Chemistry Research and Applications
BISAC: SCI013000

Caffeic acid is a phenolic acid naturally occurring in many plant foods such as carrots, cabbage, tomatoes, and several berries. It is also present in multiple beverages such as coffee, fruit juices and wine. Moreover, caffeic acid is one of the major active components in many traditional Chinese medicines. As a natural product, it possesses several biological and physiological activities. These activities include antioxidant, anti-mutagenic, anti-tumor and anti-obesity effects. For these reasons, caffeic acid is also being developed into drug for sale, for instance, for its use in the development of asthmatic and allergenic drugs. Although caffeic acid, together with other polyphenols, are not essential nutrients, they are secondary metabolites synthesized by plants with bioactive properties, also known as phytochemicals, which may have an important effect on human health. This book reviews sources, potential uses and health benefits of caffeic acid.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Caffeic Acid: Chemistry and Natural Resources
Abdelsamed I. Elshamy, Tarik A. Mohamed, and Mohamed-Elamir Hegazy (Natural Compounds Chemistry Department, National Research Centre, Dokki, Cairo, Egypt, and others)

Chapter 2. Analytical Methodologies for the Extraction and Determination of Caffeic Acid: Occurrences in Food
Daria Filatova and Oscar Núñez (Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Chemistry, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, and others)

Chapter 3. Inhibiting the Development of a Solid Ehrlich Tumor by Extract of the Ripe Fruits of Solanum lycocarpum
Melissa Grazielle Morais, Guilherme Augusto Ferreira da Costa, Izabela Caputo Assis Silva, Ana Gabriela Silva, Rosy Iara Maciel Azambuja Ribeiro, Jaqueline Maria Siqueira Ferreira, Joaquim Mauricio Duarte-Almeida, Flávia Carmo Horta Pinto, and Luciana Alves Rodrigues dos Santos Lima (Campus Centro-Oeste Dona Lindu, Universidade Federal de São João Del Rei, Divinópolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil, and others)


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