Talk:Cichoric acid

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Other plant sources and further info[edit]

Other plant sources seem to be chicory (after which it is named), pear leaves and horsetail.

See: http://www.herbcompanion.com/health/Cichoric-acid.aspx 89.240.14.59 (talk) 18:58, 14 January 2010 (UTC)

I don't know if that website is a reliable source or not, but if you find a solid reference, please be bold and add it to the article yourself. shoy (reactions) 01:47, 18 January 2010 (UTC)

Yes, it is very likely that cichoric and caftaric acids also occur in other plant species (meaning they are quasi ubiquitous). But we need reliable, and original citations to peer reviewed journals to confirm the existence of any give compound in a particular plant species. Chicoric acid, however, is a suitable marker for the differentiation of Echinacea species. The signifigance of these caffeic acid conjugates as active constituents is questionable. They are likely not absorbed into the blood stream and have topical effects at most. The anti-HIV integrase activity however is interesting. But again, we must be critical and any systemic effects against HIV viruses should not be assumed. The activity of these caffeic acid conjugates against HIV are usually only researched under in-vitro conditions, and in that regard many if not all constituents with a phenolic moiety have some type of effect.Osterluzei (talk) 12:12, 6 February 2011 (UTC)