May block the growth of cancer cells and may break down the blood supply that cancer sets up for itself (pathological angiogenesis)
See the bottom of this page for the ingredients highest in ellagic acid
What is Ellagic acid?
Ellagic acid is a phytochemical. These are the chemicals that plants use to defend themselves against disease. Research has shown that these same chemicals can prove equally beneficial to the human body.
Why does it matter to me?
Tests done in laboratories and in animal models have shown that ellagic acid:
Has been shown to shown be an effective treatment for many types of cancer
Decreases the size of cancer tumours
Prevents damage to DNA
Demonstrates anti-angiogenic effects – that is it breaks down the blood supply to cancer
Acts in multiple ways to prevent and treat many forms of cancer
How much do I need?
It’s a good idea to ensure a supply of ellagic acid in your diet to give your body the resources to combat the beginnings of cancer – see the link to a Ted Talk by Dr William Ki below.
It is interesting to note that the ellagic acid in strawberries is more available to us as it is in the pulp of the fruit, whereas the ellagic acid in raspberries is in the seeds, which will be much more difficult for us to access.
Research is ongoing into how much dietary ellagic acid can be absorbed by us for the treatment of cancer and drug delivery systems are being worked on to improve absorption.