What is Ellagic Acid?
Ellagic Acid is a naturally occurring polyphenolic constituent found in 46 different fruits and nuts like pomegranates, red raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and walnuts.
Ellagic Acid is a nutraceutical.
Ellagic Acid contains a naturally occurring phenolic compound that has very strong anti-oxidant properties.
Ellagic Acid is a potent anti-carcinogen.
Ellagic Acid has the ability to inhibit mutations within a cell's DNA.
Ellagic Acid is considered to be a cancer inhibitor which has the ability to cause apoptosis, or normal cell death in cancer cells.
Ellagic Acid, according to research, has antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Why is Ellagic Acid Important?
Clinical studies are showing that Ellagic Acid may be one of the most potent ways to prevent cancer, inhibit the growth of cancer cells, and arrest the growth of cancer in subjects with genetic predisposition for the disease.
The Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina is conducting a double blind study on a group of 500 cervical cancer patients that has everyone excited. Nine years of study have shown that a natural product called Ellagic Acid is causing G-arrest within 48 hours (inhibiting and stopping mitosis-cancer cell division), and apoptosis (normal cell death) within 72 hours for breast, pancreas, esophageal, skin, colon and prostate cancer cells.
Ellagic Acid has been demonstrated in animal models to inhibit tumor growth caused by carcinogens. Other studies have also found positive effects. A recent animal study found that Ellagic Acid protected mice against chromosome damage from radiation therapy. A separate study of Ellagic Acid indicated that it was effective at inhibiting tumor growth from esophageal cancer cells in mice.
Ellagic Acid clinical tests on cultured human cells also show that Ellagic Acid prevents the destruction of the p53 gene by cancer cells. Additional studies suggest that one of the mechanisms by which Ellagic Acid inhibits mutagenesis and carcinogenesis is by forming adducts with DNA, thus masking binding sites to be occupied by the mutagen or carcinogen.
If we consider all the ramifications of the current cancer pandemic and the dismal failure rate of the traditional methods of treatment, then we may start to realize that nutraceuticals, such as Ellagic Acid, may hold the key to millions of successful outcomes for cancer sufferers.