Phenolic acid is a polyphenol (potent plant antioxidant) that is commonly found in the leaves of vegetables, along with the skins and seeds of many fruits. These polyphenol antioxidants provide several health benefits including helping your body fight off free radicals that cause inflammation and cancer, combating many signs of aging, and warding off other diseases and even obesity.
Pomegranates are an excellent source of phenolic acid. The pomegranate has been revered for more than 8,000 years for promoting fertility, reducing liver inflammation, killing bacteria, and more. It was so engrained in the culture and history of the region that it was mentioned several times in the Bible.
Drinking pomegranate or cherry juice offers a notable amount of phenolic acid, but even so, most people get far too little phenolic acid through their ordinary diets to achieve the many health benefits it has to offer:
- Preventing cellular damage.
- Reducing inflammation.
- Stabilizing blood glucose levels (to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes)
- Improving skin health.
- Anti-aging properties.
- Promoting healing of wounds and burns.
- Fighting wrinkles.
- Promoting overall skin health and fighting various inflammatory skin conditions
- Reducing risk of heart disease
- Fighting pain and stiffness of arthritis.
Where do You Find Phenolic Acid?
Phenolic acids are commonly found in the skins and seeds of many of the fruits vegetables. Those richest in phenolic acids include:
- Dark plums
- Black elderberries
- Celery seeds
- Cocoa powder
- Dark chocolate
Unfortunately, many of these fruits are also high in sugar. Supplementation though allows for maximum polyphenol absorption without the unwanted sugar or calories.