Evaluation of Ellagic Acid Content of Ohio Berries - Final Report
exhibits anticarcinogenic and antiimutagenic activity in humans. It is a natural occurring phenolic compound found in many plants and berries. Medical research has shown reductions in the size and number of cancerous tumors when mice are fed a diet of freeze dried strawberries or raspberries.
Berries are rich in ellagic acid. But the researchers found that ellagic acid alone could not account for the fruit's ability to inhibit cancer. "One or more additional berry components are undoubtedly contributing to the fruit's anti-cancer effects," Stoner said.
He chose black raspberries
for this study because previous studies had shown that ellagic acid inhibited carcinogen-induced esophageal and colon cancer in animals
Stoner, who has also found similar anti-carcinogenic effects with strawberries, said the study results suggest that a daily diet of about 1.4 to 2 cups of fresh berries may be ideal for staving off certain types of cancer
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