Certain phytonutrients found in raspberries can protect us from cancer and can even shrink some types of cancer tumors.
Raspberries contain ellagitannins, one of the most powerful antioxidants known. Ellagitannins occur naturally in over forty different foods, but are found in abundance in raspberries, strawberries and pomegranate. However, red raspberry seeds, and the Meeker variety in particular, appear to be the most concentrated source of this beneficial phenolic complex. Interestingly, the seeds of the fruit contain more ellatitannins than the fruit itself.
Ellagitannins are large flat molecules found in the fruit and seeds of many fruits. Ellagitannins are water-soluble, making them easy for the body to absorb. After consumption, stomach acids convert these ellagitannins into ellagic acid. It is important to know that as such, that ellatitannins should be obtained from food, not as supplemental ellagic acid.
There has been much research into ellagic acid. Its value as a potent anti-oxidant and its value in fighting cancer is widely accepted. Ellagic acid has been shown to keep cancer cells from dividing and multiplying and eventually helps to kill the cancer. Ellagic acid inhibits angiogenesis—a term used to describe the development of blood vessels needed for tumor growth. It also encourages apoptosis (cancer cell death.) Ellagic has been quite successful against esophageal, breast, colon, prostate, and skin cancer. Studies have shown that ellagic acid may help prevent the development of cancer in cells infected with the human papilloma virus, which has been linked to cervical cancer.
Ellagitannins may also support healthy cholesterol levels and have anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial properties. Red Raspberry Seed Powder
Ellagic acid works in many wonderful ways:
- Powerful antioxidant– it neutralizes cell damaging free radicals
- Protects the p53 tumor suppressor gene. The P53 gene causes cell reproduction to cease, and cells to die
- Protects DNA from the mutations that cause cancer
- Stops cancer cell proliferation
- Induces cancer cell death
- Lowers inflammation
- Slows tumor growth
- Targets cancer stem cells: Cancer stem cells not only survive most conventional treatments, but are responsible for recurrent and progressive disease
- Inhibits the growth of oral, breast, colon, cervical, and prostate tumor cell lines
- Supports healthy cholesterol levels
- Has anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties
Don’t overlook another amazing type of raspberry—black raspberries
Studies show that black raspberries kill cancer cells and activate tumor suppressor genes.
The phytonutrients in black raspberries have been found to inhibit cervical cancer cell growth and tumor formation, inhibit inflammation and induce apoptosis in esophageal and colorectal cancer tissues (strawberries are also highly effective against esophageal cancer cells). While it can be challenging to find fresh or even frozen black raspberries, it can be purchased in powder form–and is delicious in smoothies! Black Raspberry Powder
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Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor and holistic cancer strategist who helps people make better, healthier, non-toxic choices. She emphasizes the critical nature of addressing the root cause of cancer and not just its presenting symptoms (such as the tumor). Elyn specializes in understanding the role of estrogen in breast cancer and debunks the myths associated. She brings a plethora of knowledge to her practice and will help you think outside the box so you can incorporate every lifeline you may need for long term survival. Elyn is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and was creator and host of the Survive and Live Well Radio Show on the Cancer Support Network. She is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and is on the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Contact Elyn via her website, www.elynjacobs.com. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone or in person.