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Gallic Acid

Gallic Acid

Gallic acid is a phenolic acid found in tannic acid, henna, and many other plants. Gallic acid has carcinogenic properties; it can also exert anticarcinogenic activity on cancerous cells in animals. Gallic acid may be responsible for some human cancers. Gallic acid also has antibacterial activity and is a mild local irritant and is used therapeutically as an astringent.

Leung, Albert Y. 1980. Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredient used in Food, Drugs and Cosmetics. John Wiley and Sons, N Y. 409 pp.

Windholz, Martha, Susan Budavani, et. al. 1976. The Merck Index. Merck and Co., Inc. New Jersey.


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