Ellagic acid is a phytochemical, or plant chemical,
found in raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, walnuts, pecans,
pomegranates, and other plant foods.
Ellagic acid is usually made from red raspberries.
This is the source of ellagic acid that has been tested as a cancer
alternative. Ellagic acid may be helpful for breast, pancreas;
esophageal, skin, colon and prostate cancers. Ellagic acid has
also been said to reduce heart disease, birth defects, liver problems,
and to promote wound healing. There are no results from human
studies to support these claims at this time.
How does ellagic acid work?
Ellagic acid acts as a scavenger to "bind" cancer-causing
chemicals, making them inactive.
Ellagic acid inhibits the ability of other chemicals
to cause mutations in bacteria. In addition, ellagic acid from
red raspberries prevents binding of carcinogens to DNA, and reduces
the incidence of cancer in cultured human cells exposed to carcinogens.
Red berries provide ellagic acid , which may
protect the body from smoke and pollution by inactivating carcinogens
and inhibiting free-radical formation.
Ellagic acid can be purchased in the form of
tablets of concentrated red raspberry seed flour extract, also
called simply, Ellagic acid.
The recommended dose is four tablets a day, for
40mg of Ellagic Acid. Or, you can eat a cup of fresh red raspberries
daily for 30 days!