Nixon, M.D., Oncologist, Hematologist,
President of the American Health Foundation,
Past Vice President of the American Cancer Society
OF ELLAGIC ACID
CONSUMPTION IN CANCER PREVENTION
Daniel Nixon is one of the leaders in cancer research. Dr. Nixon's laboratory
at the Hollings Cancer Center in the Medical University of South Carolina
has examined the ability of Ellagic Acid to prevent colon and
cervical cancers from developing. Evidence generated by his team of
researchers has indicated that Ellagic Acid can slow the proliferation
of both human colon and cervical cancer cells grown in experimental
systems outside the body. Clinical studies are in progress at the Medical
University of South Carolina. The colon trial will measure Ellagic Acid's
ability to prevent the formation of colon polyps (which are considered
to be precursors to colon cancer) and/or slow the growth of rapidly
proliferating cells infected with human papilloma virus, which is responsible
for this disease. Clinical evaluations are to be conducted at the Medical
University of SC and the University of Madrid Medical School in Madrid,
of the data published by Dr. Nixon and his team at the Medical University
of South Carolina is presented here.
exposure to Ellagic Acid from red raspberries, human cervical cancer
cells infected with human papilloma virus (HPV) die within several days
due to the process termed apoptosis.
Acid from red raspberries causes growth cycle arrest of cancer cells,
thus inhibiting cell division (mitosis) and cellular proliferation.
Acid from red raspberries prevents destruction of a cell regulatory
gene by HPV oncogenes (genes responsible for cancer induction) in cervical
cells, which gene is regarded as the safeguard of normal cellular division,
and which when inactivated results in abnormal cell division/proliferation.
protective effects were observed in breast, pancreas, esophageal, skin,
colon, and prostate cancer cells when exposed to Ellagic acid.
of 150 grams of red raspberries (equivalent of 40 milligrams of ellagic
acid) resulted in the appearance of circulating levels of ellagic acid
in the serum one hour after ingestion. However, eating raspberries is
not an effective way to get high enough levels of Ellagic Acid because
the ellagitannins which create the ellagic acid are mostly contained
in the seeds which pass through the body undigested.
data from Dr. Nixon's laboratory and other investigations indicates
that ellagic acid:
detoxifying enzymes in the liver resulting in the clearing of cancer-causing
chemicals (mutagens) in the serum
2. Prevents the binding of carcinogens to cellular DNA
3. Serves as an antioxidant in the scavenging and clearing of highly
destructive oxygen free radicals
4. Induces apoptosis (programmed natural cell death) in cancerous
5. Stimulates the immune system for the destruction of cancerous
attributes were found to be important in reducing the incidence of cancer
in experimental models.
performed in Europe indicates that Ellagic Acid may also be helpful
in reducing the incidence of birth defects, promoting wound healing,
and limiting chemically induced liver fibrosis. Some investigators are
now convinced that Ellagic Acid may be useful in the prevention of heart
Sources of Ellagic Acid mg/gm/dry weight:
Strawberries - 630
Walnuts - 590
Pecans - 330
Cranberries - 120
Chance of Getting Breast Cancer:
|By Age 30 -
1 in 2,212
By Age 40 - 1 in 235
By Age 50 - 1 in 54
By Age 60 - 1 in 23
By Age 70 - 1 in 14
By Age 80 - 1 in 10
1880, 1 in 30 people developed cancer in their lifetime. Today, it is
1 in 2!
Leaves S. Garnett
Charles Martin Simon
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