What Is Ursolic Acid?

Ursolic acid is a pentacyclic triterpeoid found naturally in many food and medicinal plants including apples, cranberries, lavender, oregano, thyme, and prunes. The sage plant, though, holds the greatest concentration of extractable ursolic acid. Sage has one of the longest histories of use of any culinary or medicinal herb, with one of the earliest documented uses dating back to first century Greece.

Recent research by Reto Asmis, Ph.D., a biochemist in the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, has linked the known heart healthy benefits of the Mediterranean diet to the presence of ursolic acid and similar compounds found in olive oil; fruits such as apples, cranberries and prunes; and herbs such as sage, oregano, lavender and peppermint. According to his research, ursolic acid has anti-atherosclerotic properties which bring exciting new avenues for the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

The ursolicare.com website is dedicated to providing informative research and articles about this most beneficial plant extract.

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Essense of Life Ursolic Acid Health Topic
Sage Benefits and Information
Scientists Probe Acid Found in Olive Oil, Fruits, Herbs