URSOLIC ACID: WHY THIS INGREDIENT COULD BE YOUR NEW SECRET WEAPON

What if we told you that there is an ingredient that can not only help you lose bodyfat but build lean muscle and preserve what muscle you already have?

“You have my attention.”

Ok. Now what if I told you it has other health benefits like improving your cholesterol and also having anti-arthritic effects?

“Really? Cool. I’m interested.”

Now what if I also told you that this product was found to be safe and can be found in many of the foods we eat every day and, by the way, can even help prevent cancer?

“Dude, tell me what it is already.”

Ok, I will stop the suspense and tell you. This ingredient does exist and it is called 3-beta-3-hydroxy-urs-12-ene-28-oic-acid.

“WTH, bro? I never saw a bottle called that and how am I supposed to remember that name?

My bad. It is also known as ursolic acid and it may very well be the newest supplement to add to your arsenal in your quest to achieve your best results.

What is it?

Ursolic acid is a pentacyclic triterpene acid, normally found in many fruits, vegetables, and plants  like apples, bilberries, cranberries, prunes,  basil, elder flower. Peppermint, rosemary, lavender, oregano, thyme, and hawthorne. It is actually used in some cosmetic products. Many of these products are as healthy as they are in part because of the benefits of ursolic acid. So what are those benefits? Let’s break them down.

Cancer Benefits – Ursolic acid has been shown in studies to help inhibit cancer cell types. This happens by blocking the STAT3 activation pathway. (1) It could also decrease proliferation of cancer cells as well apoptosis (process of programmed cell death that can occur in multicellular organisms). (2) There is more research happening every day to evaluate and determine if there are other ways ursolic acid can help in the future battle against cancer.

Bone and Joint Health – UA may not only help you with your health right now but set you up for better health in the future. UA has been shown to have anti-arthritic capabilities and would also have low risk of gastric issues. (3) This means you will stand a better chance of winning the battle of the joints if you are someone who deals with the aches and pains of the knees and elbows.

Cardioprotective – There are antioxidant benefits of UA that may show it to be a cardioprotective compound. Studies that were done on rats concluded that UA induced uncoupling of oxidative phosphorylation. A significant decrease in H₂O₂ production was also noticed.(4) What does this mean for you? It means that UA could possibly decrease the chances of heart attacks now and later in life.

Muscular Benefits – So can UA help you in the weight room? It looks like it can and will if you try it. Studies at the University of Iowa determined that it reduces muscle atrophy and stimulated hypertrophy in mice. (5) So not only could it possibly help prevent muscle breakdown from training but it could also help you recover and play a role in increasing muscle.

Fat Loss Benefits – The benefits keep coming, huh? Not only did UA help with muscle building but the University of Iowa also learned that it can play in role in reducing obesity, glucose intolerance, and fatty liver disease(6). This suggests that UA can be a potential therapeutic approach to obesity and conditions and illnesses related to being severely overweight.

Diabetes – We all know the dangers that are associated with diabetes. Many of us know at least one person that deals with diabetes. The University of Texas Health Science Center research the effects of UA on mice and yes, UA can very well help folks with diabetes. UA could potentially provide treatment of complications of diabetes, including accelerated atherosclerosis.

So you have seen all of the benefits of UA. So where do you get it? See that “Products” tab at the top of this page? One click is all it takes. Labrada Nutrition has it and at a great price too. If you are a Labrada Member then you can save even more money!

Why you still here? Go get your UA now. Then come tell me how it has helped you.

References:

  1. Shishodia S, Majumdar S, Banerjee S, Aggarwal BB (2003). “Ursolic acid inhibits nuclear factor-kappaB activation induced by carcinogenic agents through suppression of IkappaBalpha kinase and p65 phosphorylation: correlation with down-regulation of cyclooxygenase 2, matrix metalloproteinase 9, and cyclin D1”. Cancer Res. 63 (15): 4375–83.
  2. Wang X, Zhang F, Yang L, Mei Y, Long H, Zhang X, Zhang J, Qimuge-Suyila , Su X.,”Ursolic acid inhibits proliferation and induces apoptosis of cancer cells in vitro and in vivo”, J Biomed Biotechnol. 2011;2011:419343
  3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18812028
  4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21648406
  5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21641545
  6. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22745735

About the Author
Roger “ROCK” Lockridge is a writer whose work has been seen all over the world. He is most known as a writer for Iron Man Magazine and Bodybuilding.com. In 2009, he was named Bodybuilding.com Male Writer of the Year which along with the Female award is the highest award for writers in the bodybuilding/fitness world.

Roger is also known for his work against child abuse and domestic violence and he was featured as a part of the domestic violence documentary “30” as the only child survivor and the only male survivor in the film.