Ellagic acid is a phenolic compound related to flavonoids. It is present in plants in the form of complexes called ellagitannins. When these complexes are broken down, they yield ellagic acid. Ellagic acid exhibits significant anticancer activity. A potent antioxidant, ellagic acid protects against damage to the chromosomes. It also blocks the cancer-causing actions of many pollutants, such as the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) found in cigarette smoke and toxic chemicals, such as benzopyrene.
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Michael T Murray, Naturopathic Medicine, answered
Emilia Klapp, Nutrition & Dietetics, answeredEllagic acid is a protective chemical in plant foods called a phytochemcial. It protects the body by decreasing cholesterol levels and also reducing the inflammation process in the arteries. Sources include strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, kiwifruit, raspberries, currants, and red grapes.