It´s Raspberries To You
The news is full of HPV vaccines and cervical cancer. But do we need them?
Ellagic acid is a proven anti-carcinogen, anti-mutagen and anti-cancer initiator.
It is plentiful in the foods we eat, especially in fruits, plants and nuts (free form as ellagitannins or as a glucoside).
Initial studies and clinical tests have shown that it prevents the destruction of the p53 gene in cancer cells and it seems to form "joints" with DNA by binding to sites which would otherwise be attached to mutagens or carcinogens.
Dr Daniel Nixon at the Hollings Cancer Institute, at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) began studying ellagic acid in 1993.
Recent published data from MUSC includes the findings that Ellagic acid:
* Slows the growth of abnormal colon cells.
* Has antibacterial and anti-viral properties.
* Can prevent HPV infected cells developing, and cervical cells infected with IWV experience apoptosis (normal cell death).
* Increases the rate of metabolism of carcinogens and prevents the development of cancer cells.
* Affects and inhibits the action of arylamines, known as potent carcinogens.
* As a powerful antioxidant it neutralises the affects of aflatoxins produced by parasites within the body.
And all this seems to come from eating just one cup of red raspberries per day!
Research has shown that ellagic acid can protect the p53 gene. This gene has the ability to rebuild damaged DNA under normal conditions. But as part of cancer development it becomes switched off. There is evidence that this is a factor in breast, prostate, pancreas, skin, cervical and colon cancers.
Preliminary studies are extremely positive
MUSC are now hoping to conduct a double blind test on humans over a two-year period, studying its effect on cervical cancer in particular
Preliminary studies are extremely positive with even small concentrations inhibiting growth within 48 hours and causing apoptosis (cell death) within 72 hours.
Ellagic acid, an extremely stable polyphenol, is found in some 46 different fruits and nuts, for example pomegranate, red raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, walnuts, pecans and cranberries.
Of course you can now buy supplements - but why not eat the above? You only need half to one cupful according to Dr Nixon.
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Please be clear: At CANCERactive we do not consider the above compound to be a cure for cancer, despite what the research says or experts doing the research may claim. The above, is an article on the compound from published research and expert opinion in the public domain. At CANCERactive we do not believe that any single compound (drug, vitamin, whatever) is a cure for cancer. We believe that people can significantly increase their personal odds of survival by building an Integrated Programme of treatments. Equally, cancer prevention is best practiced through a width of measures.