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Ursolic acid

Ursolic acid

MW: 456.68
Formula: C30H48O3

What is Ursolic acid?

Ursolic acid is a is a pentacyclic triterpenoid.


Ursolic acid is present in many plants, including apples, bilberries, cranberries, elder flower, peppermint, lavender, oregano, thyme, hawthorn, prunes.

Health Benefits of Ursolic acid

Ursolic acid has medicinally action, both topically and internally. Ursolic acid is used in many cosmetic preparations for its anti-inflammatory, antitumor and antimicrobial properties.
Ursolic acid has antibacterial and antifungal activity. Tests have shown that Ursolic acid inhibits the growth of Candida albicans and Microsporium lenosum.
Ursolic acid has anti-inflammatory properties and is used in ointments to treat burns.
Topical application of ursolic acid inhibited TPA-induced initiation and promotion of tumor growth.


Malol, micromerol, urson, prunol, (3b)-3-hydroxyurs-12-en-28-oic acid

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