Ellagic Acid & Cervical Cancer

The Hollings Cancer Institute at the U of South Carolina is having a field day with this natural substance (found in red raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and some nuts, listed here in the order of their amounts, red raspberries having the most). At the Hollings Cancer Institute, they not only conducted a nine year study on the properties of ellagic acid, they are also conducting a double blind (neither patient nor physician knows who’s taking what) study involving 500 cervical cancer patients.

Initial research demonstrated the following:

1. Ellagic acid stops cancer cells from dividing in 48 hours. 2. Ellagic acid causes normal cell death (apoptosis) within 72 hours in cases of breast, pancreas, esophageal, skin, colon and prostate cancers. 3. Ellagic acid prevents the destruction of the p53 gene that leads to cancer. 4. HPV (human papilloma virus) exposed to ellagic acid from red raspberries experienced apoptosis (normal cell death). 5. Consuming one cup (150 grams) of red raspberries per day prevents the development of cancer cells.

From Dr Glen Halvorson’s Book, Chemopreventive Properties of …Phytochemicals, we learn that ellagic acid:

* is anti-bacterial and destroys the H. pylori bacteria responsible for stomach ulcers, * protects the liver and liver function, * binds with carcinogens (chemicals that cause cancer) making them inactive, * prevents carcinogens from binding to DNA, * and reduces glucose levels (aids in management of diabetes).

Raspberries contain the highest amounts of ellagic acid, and it doesn’t matter if the fruit is boiled, backed, canned, sugared, dehydrated, or fresh, the ellagic acid is still potent.

It was found that one of the most amazing things about raspberries is that one cup a week stops prostate cancers (all prostate cancers) from growing for one week. (Since this was written by someone unidentified, we do not know the source of this information but we have other articles on Ellagic acid).

Now, the researchers at the Hollings Cancer Institute have created a patent-pending process of extracting this acid from the seeds of the raspberries. Ellagic acid is destroyed in the stomach. (NO other study on Ellagic acid suggests that it is destroyed in the stomach - in fact human studies show results [called efficiacy]). They are also working on a process by which the acid will not be destroyed in the stomach but will pass on through to the small intestines where it will be absorbed.

Information from Wellness Update 4/01


MUSC Hollings Cancer Center

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