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The hydroxycinnamic acids are a group of phytonutrients (plant based chemical compounds that can boost human health) which can be sourced from coffee, certain fruits and certain vegetables. They are not believed to be essential in humans but studies have shown that they can boost your blood health, fight cancer and much more. In this article I will be providing a full overview of 2 hydroxycinnamic acids, discussing the top food sources and listing their main health benefits.
1) CHLOROGENIC ACID:
Chlorogenic acid is mainly found in coffee which contains between 35 milligrams (mg) and 175mg of this phytonutrient per 100 millilitres (ml). Blueberries, sunflower seeds and tomatoes also contain some chlorogenic acid.
In terms of health benefits, chlorogenic acid is a powerful antioxidant (a substance that keeps your body's cells safe from harmful free radicals) which can also prevent cancer (a health disorder which causes your body's cells to grow in a rapid, out of control way) and diabetes (a health disorder which causes your blood glucose levels to become extremely high). It can also boost your heart healthy by lowering blood levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (a type of cholesterol that blocks the artery walls and increases your heart disease risk) and preventing atherosclerosis (a health disorder where hard plaques form in your artery walls, limit the flow of blood and ultimately increase your heart disease risk).
2) FERULIC ACID:
Ferulic acid can be found in a wide selection of plant based foods with apples, carrots, coffee, oranges, peas and wholegrains all being brilliant sources. Studies have shown that this hydroxycinnamic acid is a potent antioxidant.
Early studies suggest that it may also fight cancer, lower blood levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (a type of cholesterol that blocks the arteries and increases your heart disease risk), prevent ultraviolet (UV) skin damage, protect the bones from degeneration, reduce the hot flushing symptoms associated with menopause and treat diabetes. However, additional studies are needed before these potential health benefits can be confirmed.
HYDROXYCINNAMIC ACID BENEFITS:
As you can see, hot coffee does a lot more than just waking you up. The hydroxycinnamic acids in this hot drink can protect the body's cells from dangerous free radicals, keep you safe from various diseases, strengthen your heart and much more. They could also ease the unpleasant symptoms associated with menopause, keep your skin healthy and strengthen your bones. So make sure you are drinking 1 or 2 cups of coffee each day so that you can start enjoying all these hydroxycinnamic acid benefits.