What Are the Uses of Cinnamic Acid?

Feb. 26, 2021

Cinnamic acid is used in flavorings, synthetic indigo. A major use is as a precursor to produce methyl cinnamate, ethyl cinnamate, and benzyl cinnamate for the perfume industry. 

Cinnamic acid can be used to adjust apples and cherries. It can be used as apple flavor, cherry flavor, fruit flavor and flower flavor.Cinnamic acid is also part of the biosynthetic shikimate and phenylpropanoid pathways. Its biosynthesis is performed by action of the enzyme phenylalanine ammonia-lyase (PAL) on phenylalanine. 

Cinnamic acid can be used in cosmetic. Casein amino acid enzyme is a key enzyme melanin synthesis. Cinnamic acid can inhibit the formation of casein aminase, which has a certain effect on the isolation of ultraviolet rays, lightening or even disappearing browning spots, and it's one of the essential ingredients in advanced sunscreens. The significant antioxidant effect of cinnamic acid has a good effect on slowing down the formation of wrinkles.


In the pharmaceutical industry, cinnamic acid is used for the synthesis of the important drugs prenylamine lactate and diphenamilat for the treatment of coronary heart disease, as well as in the manufacture of anaesthetic, antiseptic, haemostatic, etc. It can also be synthesized into Baclofen and Cinnarizine, which are used as relaxants and antispasmodics for spinal cone bone. It is mainly used for cerebral thrombosis, cerebral arteriosclerosis, coronary arteriosclerosis and other diseases. It has a significant inhibitory effect on the proliferation of lung adenocarcinoma cells. Cinnamic acid is also a kind of self-inhibitor produced by fungal spore to prevent germination.

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