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Ferulic Acid From Rhodiola Is Great for Skin and Brain

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

rhodiola rosea plant

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  • Ferulic acid is one of several ingredients found in the rhodiola rosea plant that are associated with health benefits
  • In a study, ferulic acid improved memory and compensated for memory impairments in insects
  • Ferulic acid also improved hippocampus-dependent memory in mice and the excitability of associated tissues
  • Ferulic acid may offer photoprotection and prove useful for prevention of skin cancer
  • Studies have explored the use of ferulic acid in depression and cervical carcinoma

What is the second most popular adaptogen next to panax ginseng? Many readers know it is rhodiola rosea, an herb that helps to ease fatigue, increase endurance and improve mood, in addition to other benefits. A perennial flowering plant, rhodiola rosea grows in the U.S., Europe, Asia and even the Arctic and is also known as golden root or roseroot.

The active compounds in rhodiola — rosavin, rosaridin, rosarin, rosin, salidroside and tyrosol — have been associated with many of its benefits. For example, rosavin is believed to exert antidepressant, anticancer, anti-inflammatory and antioxidative actions.

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