Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Ellagic Acid in Red Raspberries Said to Prevent Cancer

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Ellagic Acid in Red Raspberries Said to Prevent Cancer

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The most promising benefit that red raspberries hold for consumers is their substantial quantity of ellagic acid. Ellagic acid is a phenolic compound known for its potent anticarcinogenic and anti-mutagenic properties. Clinical tests conducted at the Hollings Cancer Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina and dozens of other prestigious research centers show that this naturally occurring plant phenol may be the most effective way to prevent cancer, to inhibit the growth of cancer cells, and to arrest the growth of cancer in people with a genetic predisposition for the disease. A brief review of the medical literature indicates the following:

* Cervical cancer cells--human papilloma virus exposed to ellagic acid experience normal cell death (Nixon, 1999).

* Ellagic acid is a potent inhibitor of skin cancer activity (Del Tito, 1983).

* Ellagic acid inhibits activation by binding to deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and by reducing the formation of certain carcinogens (Barch, 1996).

* Ellagic acid can inhibit chemically induced cancer in the lung, liver, skin, and esophagus (Stoner, 1995).

The Meeker red raspberry is the best source of ellagic acid, followed by Chilliwack and Willamette varieties. The Meeker variety is specific to the Pacific Northwest--grown primarily for commercial use in Washington State. The Chilliwack and Willamette raspberries contain lesser variations of ellagic acid; both varieties are grown in the Pacific Northwest.

How does ellagic acid work? …

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