Ursolic Acid Health Topic
Ursolic acid is a biologically active compound found in many plants (a phytochemical). Ursolic acid is pharmacologically safe (non-toxic). Extensive scientific research has shown ursolic acid's exciting potential. Ursolic acid has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties and has been used to relieve pain from burns, prevent dental carries, and inhibit candida growth. Ursolic acid has recently gained interest from the fitness community because of research indicating that it boosts muscle growth, reduces muscle wasting, and increase bone formation activity. But most exciting is the research into ursolic acid's chemopreventative properties. Studies have show that ursolic acid suppresses tumor formation, inhibits tumor growth, induces apoptosis, inhibits angiogenesis, inhibits signaling and activation pathways, induces tumor cell differentiation, and suppresses growth factor expression. In addition, ursolic acid has been shown to decrease chemoresistance and radioresistance in patients undergoing cancer treatment.
Dietary Sources of Ursolic Acid:
Basil, peppermint leaves, lavender, oregano, sage, and thyme.
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