10 Foods That Contain Ellagic Acid in Significant Amounts

When we think of foods rich in ellagic acid, we typically think of berries such as raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries. But are there also other good dietary sources of this powerful phenolic compound that has been shown to exert strong anti-cancer and antioxidant activity in test tube and animal studies? Turns out, also several exotic fruits (such as pomegranate), a few nuts (such as walnuts), and even the Fistulina hepatica mushroom contain high levels of ellagic acid (or ellagitannins which can be hydrolyzed into ellagic acid).

Top 10 Foods Rich in Ellagic Acid

Here’s a list of 10 good, if not the best, sources of ellagic acid Mother Nature has blessed us with:

 

1. Wild Strawberries

Wild strawberries, also known by their scientific name Fragaria vesca, might well be the best natural source of ellagic acid there is. They have been shown to contain about ten times as much ellagic acid as raspberries, the next food on our list. Also wild strawberry leaf tea as well as cultivated strawberries are good sources, even though they contain much less ellagic acid than wild strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries. (more…)

6 simple cancer protection strategies

Cancer PreventionSome of the most potent cancer protection strategies are ultimately the simplest. To maintain the integrity of your DNA you just need to optimize your body’s detoxification system to neutralize many of the chemical threats from our food supply and environment.

How well does your liver work?

Dangerous toxins are lurking in personal care items and cleaning products including, laundry soap, dishwashing detergents, kitchen cleaners and baby products. Pesticides used in and around the house; the water coming into your home; volatile organic compounds from carpet and upholstery – all are among the products that are implicated in causing cellular damage. And, let’s not forget, processed foods we consume.

Environmental toxins are a major cause of cancer – they damage DNA and can activate cancer-causing genes, which would otherwise have remained dormant. You can do your best to avoid these, but it’s impossible to eliminate them completely.

What can we do to neutralize the threat of toxins? (more…)

Strawberries Shown To Reduce Oxidative Stress

A big bowl of fresh strawberries is one of the many delights of summertime, and researchers have recently found that the fruits may also help to prevent some illnesses due to their antioxidant properties.

Oxidative stress is an imbalance in the body that has been shown to be the cause of several different diseases and conditions. Antioxidants help to reduce this effect, hence their touted health benefits.
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Are You Unwittingly Devouring Dangerous Toxins?

Fourteen.

That, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), is the average number of pesticides you are likely to be unknowingly gulping down in an attempt to be healthy by eating your five fruits and vegetables per day.

Of course, that’s if the produce you’re choosing happens to be on the EWG’s “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and vegetables with the worst overall pesticide scores. (more…)

7 Berries You Should Eat Everyday

Berries have been shown to be some of the healthiest foods on the planet. Every month or so it seems new research is being published and new berries are being discovered and analyzed for their health giving properties.

Extremely high in antioxidants, berries rank among my favorite foods. So here is my list of different kinds of berries that are extremely high health benefits (in no specific order). (more…)

Cancer-causing strawberry pesticide Under review: Tell EPA to ban methyl iodide now!

Decadent and delicious, much-loved strawberries have a dark side. The recently approved strawberry pesticide methyl iodide has been called “one of the most toxic chemicals on earth” by Dr. John Froines, UCLA Professor of Environmental Health and Chair of California’s independent scientific committee established to review the chemical.We have a window of opportunity right now to tell the EPA that methyl iodide has no place in the fields. (more…)

Could This Summertime Treat Prevent a Deadly Cancer?

The research team had 36 volunteers with precancerous lesions consume 60 grams…about 2 ounces…of freeze-dried strawberries per day for six months. Biopsies taken before and after the strawberry experiment revealed that in 29 out of the 36 volunteers there had been a remarkable decrease in the apparent severity or histological grade (the appearance of the lesions when compared with normal tissue) of the precancerous lesions after the six months. (more…)