What is ellagic acid?

Ozgen Dogan
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Ellagic acid is a phytochemical found in pomegranates, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, cranberries, walnuts and pecans. It's been shown to reduce the risk of cancer and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol. Pomegranates are a wonderful source of ellagic acid. Mice fed pomegranate juice were found to have decreased blood vessel plaques and blockages. It also lowers blood pressure.
Emilia Klapp
Nutrition & Dietetics
Ellagic 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.
Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

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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