Caffeic acid is a phenol as found in thyme, olive, sage, rosemary, basil, spearmint, ceylon cinnamon, star anise, argon, and Eucalyptus globulus.
Links to Plants Containing Caffeic Acid
The listings of research below represents a compilation of scientific articles found on the topic, with a very brief overview description of each article/study. This compilation of research articles does not necessarily imply that there are adequate results to demonstrate safe and/or effective human use of any herb listed.
- Caffeic acid, as found in rosemary, demonstrated antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-tumor activity in this review of research. From: de Oliveira, J. R., Camargo, S. E. A., & de Oliveira, L. D. (2019). Rosmarinus officinalis L.(rosemary) as therapeutic and prophylactic agent. Journal of Biomedical Science, 26(1), 5.
- The main constituents of Ocimum basilicum essential oil: rosmarinic, caffeic acid, eugenol, isoeugenol and linalool were tested against four human cancer cell lines and were found more effective than the corresponding extract or oil, with the isoeugenol being the major constituent of O. Basilicum essential oil acting as a cancer cell inhibitor. From: Zarlaha, A., Kourkoumelis, N., Stanojkovic, T. P., & Kovala-Demertzi, D. (2014). Cytotoxic activity of essential oil and extracts of Ocimum basilicum against human carcinoma cells. Molecular docking study of isoeugenol as a potent cox and lox inhibitor. J. Nanomat. Biostruc, 9(3), 907-917.
- Olive leaf and its phenolic constituents have antioxidant and antimicrobial activity. From: Lee, O. H., & Lee, B. Y. (2010). Antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of individual and combined phenolics in Olea europaea leaf extract. Bioresource technology, 101(10), 3751-3754.
Compiled by: Kathy Sadowski