The greatest source of ellagic acid is found in strawberries, raspberries and Pomegranates. It is ellagic acid that has been the focus of most of the clinical studies and related health benefits. It should be noted that the studies to date are in test tube or animal platforms. Some of these studies have found that ellagic acid inhibits growth of cancerous tumors caused by carcinogens including but not limited to cancers of the esophagus, skin, lung, etc.

In one very notable study conducted at The Hollings Cancer Institute at the University of South Carolina involving some 500 cervical cancer patients, ellagic acid was either arresting or stopping cancer cell division. As well, it is causing cell death (aptosis) of other cancers including cancers of the breast, esophagus, colon, pancreas, and prostate. The afore-mentioned study covered a period of nine (9) years.



The following study clearly illustrates the arthritis benefits conferred from using Acai plus Pomegranate. Although this particular study focused on Pomegranate, the same qualities are found in Acai.

2005 News Release

Pomegranate Fruit May have Cartilage Preserving Abilities

Pomegranate fruit extract can block enzymes that lead to cartilage destruction in
Osteoarthritis (OA), according to a recent study conducted at Case Western Reserve University, and partly funded by grants from the National Institutes of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institutes of Health.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Further, the anti-inflammatory properties of Acai further the arthritis benefits because of the clear association of inflammation and the pain associated with it. (see our Acai section)

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