CAFFEIC ACID Overview Information
Caffeic acid is a chemical found in many plants and foods. Coffee is the primary source of caffeic acid in the human diet. However, it can be found in other food sources such as apples, artichoke, berries, and pears. Wine also contains a significant amount of caffeic acid.
Caffeic acid is used in supplements for boosting athletic performance, exercise-related fatigue, weight loss, cancer, HIV/AIDS, herpes, and other conditions.
How does it work?
Caffeic acid is thought to have many effects in the body including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. It might also affect the immune system in the body. Test tube studies show that it might decrease the growth of cancer cells and viruses. Animal studies show that it might have a mild stimulant effect and reduce fatigue related to exercise. The effects of caffeic acid when taken by people are not known.
CAFFEIC ACID Side Effects & Safety
There is not enough information to know if caffeic acid is safe when taken as a supplement. Caffeic acid is contained in many foods we eat, however, taking purified caffeic acid as a supplement has not been studied in people.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough information to know if caffeic acid when taken as a supplement is safe during pregnancy and breast feeding. It should be avoided.
Insomnia. Caffeic acid might have a mild stimulating effect that could possibly worsen insomnia. However, this effect is modest and substantially less than caffeine.
CAFFEIC ACID Dosing
The appropriate dose of caffeic acid depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for caffeic acid. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.