Why You Should Eat Like a Bear: Benefits of Ellagic Acid

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Ellagic Acid fruits diet plan

Have you ever heard of ellagic acid or followed an ellagic acid weight loss diet plan? Probably not, unless you are a botanist, a chemist, or a health nut. Truth is most people just don’t care what’s in their food, even if they’re smarter than the average bear. They just want something healthy that tastes good. But knowing what foods contain ellagic acid and including them in our daily diet can be very beneficial to health.

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Ellagic acid (EA) is a plant phenol and when it comes to this cancer fighting nutrient wild strawberries are by far the winner with 10 times more of this nutrient than other foods that are high in EA such as raspberries, blackberries, walnuts, pecans, pomegranates, blueberries, grapes, cranberries, cloudberries which are found in Scandinavia, Alaska and Canada, and, ox tongue mushrooms. [1] People and animals who routinely eat these foods have a lower risk of developing cancer because this nutrient helps prevent changes in DNA due to oxidative stress or cancer inducing molecules like benzene. [14]

Studies show that not only does ellagic acid help prevent cancer this nutrient, but like other molecules such as fucoidan which is found in brown seaweed, can induce apoptosis or cell death in existing cancer cells. Researchers at the University of Tehran found that ellagic acid induced cell death in B lymphocytes in patients with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). [3] Other studies which can be found at Pubmed.gov have shown EA to be effective in breast (especially estrogen induced tumors) [4][25], prostate[5], ovarian[6], hepatocellular[7], colorectal[8], gastrointestinal[9], oral[10], pancreatic[11], bladder[12], neuroblastoma[13], lymphoma[15] and others. Other research shows EA protects cells again ionizing radiation.[16]

This nutrient has potent anti-inflammatory properties and has been used in Asian medicine to help prevent lung damage due to oxidative stress [2][17], asthma [18], and smoking[19]. Research has shown Ellagic acid is effective in preventing damage to the liver, colon and other organs as well as the brain due to ischemia or lack of oxygen.[20]

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Ellagitannins can also act as antibacterial agents that may protect against respiratory infections like drug resistant tuberculosis and Klebsiella pneumoniae.[21] Viruses such as hepatitis C (HCV) and influenza are also affected by EA.[22] Even funguses are also susceptible to Ellagic acid. [23][24]

Ellagic acid also protects the heart because if helps to lower fats in the blood [26] and was shown to be more effective than simvastatin, a cholesterol medication, in lowering cholesterol.[27] EA has also proven to be helpful in decreasing dangerous heart arrhythmias.[28][29] This amazing may be helpful in diabetic induced erectile dysfunction[30] which is also a side effect of many blood pressure lowering medications.

Let’s face it, berries and nuts are healthy no matter how you look at it, and should be a part of everyone’s diet. For those who are cutting carbs, these foods should be one of the first things added back into a healthy meal plan. I use them in salads, smoothies and other dishes and don’t hesitate to grab a handful of wild berries when I’m out on the hiking trail. I just hope I don’t run into a bear that has the same idea.

Resources:
1. http://www.healwithfood.org/foods-that-contain/ellagic-acid-high-amounts.php
2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26516111 oxidative stress
3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26418626 apoptosis CLL
4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25941816 breast
5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25284475 prostate & pomegranate
6. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=ellagic+acid+ovarian+cancer
7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=ellagic+acid+hepatocellular+cancer
8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=ellagic+acid+colorectalcancer
9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=ellagic+acid+gastrointestinalcancer
10. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=ellagic+acid+oral+cancer
11. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=ellagic+acid+pancreatic+cancer
12. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=ellagic+acid+bladder+cancer
13. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24051122 neuroblastoma
14. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24949451 mutagenesis
15. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=ellagic+acid+lymphoma+cancer
16. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25879585 radiation
17. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=ellagic+acid+oxidative+stress
18. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18021768 asthma
19. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=ellagic+acid+smoking
20. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=ellagic+acid+ischemia
21. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25858784 TB and klebsiella
22. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=ellagic+acid+viruses
23. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25919446 antifungal
24. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=ellagic+acid+fungus
25. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=ellagic+acid+estrogen
26. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23058930 heart, hypertrophy, lipidemia
27. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25579987 cholesterol simvastatin
28. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25949953 fib and tachycardia
29. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26396728 arrythmias
30. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25298678 sexual dysfunction
31. http://www.cancertutor.com/ellagicacid/
32. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1074-ellagic%20acid.aspx?activeingredientid=1074&activeingredientname=ellagic%20acid

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