Ellagic Acid And It’s Benefits

Ellagic acid has really interested the scientific community in the last few years. It can be found in fruits like raspberries, strawberries, grapes, pears, peaches, kiwi and of course apples. The reason that ellagic acid has sparked interest is because it exhibits a strong anticancer activity. Ellagic acid protects the DNA and RNA from damage specifically the chromosomes. Studies also found that it blocks damage from cancer causing pollutants and hydrocarbons that are found in cigarette smoke, which is an increasing problem especially to those who live in cities. Damage from other toxic chemicals like benzopyrene have also been thwarted.

Ellagic acid will not be found in any products for consumption, it is only found in fresh fruits and nuts. The processing, cooking and combination of materials to make packaged products destroys many of the vitamins and beneficial contents like ellagic acid. The tests on most packaged products showed zero percent of ellagic acid. Other tests showed nearly untraceable amounts. So basically, there is no benefits of ellagic acid except for the fresh produce which it naturally occurs.

Two fruits worth mentioning are the pomegranate (also known as the Chinese apple) and the red raspberry. Pomegranates contain 40% ellagic acid. Red raspberries contain around 1500mcg of ellagic acid. Fresh ellagic acid will be very beneficial in promoting optimum health of the body in combination with exercise and other natural supplements like apple polyphenols, chlorophyll and other natural fruit/vegetable extracts. The idea is to supply the body with healthy concentrated amounts of natural substances that can benefit the body especially during exercise.

Written by Jacob Jacobson.

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