In the section 'health benefits', Wikipedia writes: "In basic research, gallic acid extracted from grape seeds has been shown to inhibit the formation of amyloid fibrils, one of the potential causes of Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. One study indicated that gallic acid has this effect on amyloid protein formation by modifying the properties of alpha-synuclein, a protein associated with the onset of neurodegenerative diseases. (link #1 at the end of this article.)
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Gallic acid research links.
The website NaturalRemedies.org writes about gallic acid: "Today, Gallic acid is believed to have health benefits that are of particular note to those at risk for certain forms of cancer or neural disorders. Studies have shown that Gallic acid is effective in inhibiting neuronal death. Studies have also shows that Gallic acid has anti-cancer properties against leukemia, certain prostate, colon and lung cancer cells."
"Gallic acid has been shown to prevent cellular mutations and to be toxic to cancer cells, while having no negative effect on healthy cells. This, of course, means that Gallic acid may prove to be an effective treatment for certain forms of cancer, and that increasing the amount of Gallic acid consumed may help those suffering from cancer in their fight against the disease."
"In addition to the health benefits for people at risk for certain forms of cancer or neural disorders, Gallic acid also has anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. It is a powerful antioxidant that helps to prevent oxidative damage. Gallic acid also has therapeutic applications for inflammatory allergic diseases, such as asthma, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis due to its ability to inhibit histamine release and the expression of pro-inflammatory cytokine." (link #2)
In an independent laboratory test by The University of Georgia (link to abstract of the research study below), muscadine grapes (esp the seeds) were found to have up to 1.1 milligrams of gallic acid per 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of fresh fruit. (link #3).
Wikipedia. About Gallic acid.
Natural Remedies. Uses of gallic acid.
US National Library of Medicine. Phenolic content and antioxidant capacity of muscadine grapes.
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