Want to boost the ellagic acid in your body? Raspberries, strawberries and pomegranate are good food sources. The skin of muscadine grapes is also a powerful source of ellagic acid. Read on ...
Although ellagic acid hasn’t yet received a whole lot of attention from scientists, there are already a number of health benefits that have been research proven … as well as others that are indicated but need more research to be considered definite health benefits of ellagic acid.
So far most of the studies that have been done on ellagic acid have been done on mice or rats, but human studies are likely to follow soon to further prove the health benefits.
Note. Please be sure to read the important medical disclaimer at the bottom of this page.
Ellagic acid is a naturally-occurring compound found in several plant-based foods including walnuts, red raspberries, pomegranate and the American muscadine grape. These foods also contain a more complex acid known as ellagitannins, which are converted into ellagic acid in your body.
Research link. "Ellagic acid works like an antioxidant in your body, removing toxins which can damage your body at the cellular level. It is also converted into urolithins, which are responsible for some of the health benefits of ellagic acid."
Research link. You can read more about the chemical composition of ellagic acid on Wikipedia.
Ellagic Acid and Brain Health.
A recent study showed that rats which were given ellagic acid had significantly-reduced effects of traumatic brain injury, including the long-term effects on the hypothalamus and inflammation.
Although this study doesn’t cover more broad brain inflammation conditions, it does indicate that there may be additional benefits of ellagic acid on the brain, which could even help improve concentration or help reduce the symptoms of various brain conditions.
Research link. The Effects of Ellagic Acid upon Brain Cells : A Mechanistic View and Future Directions.
Ellagic Acid, Obesity and Cellular Inflammation.
One of the causes of obesity is inflammation of the fatty tissues throughout your body. In a 2012 study done on mice, it was shown to reduce the amount of a compound known as resistin.
High levels of resistin in the blood have been connected to coronary artery disease, as well as diabetes. These high levels are believed to be caused by white blood cells finding their way into fatty tissues, and reducing these levels with ellagic acid – as found in fruits like pomegranate and American muscadine grapes – may help reduce the risks associated with obesity and inflammation.
Research link. Ellagic acid in pomegranate suppresses resistin secretion by a novel regulatory mechanism involving the degradation of intracellular resistin protein in adipocytes.
Research link. Ellagic acid in pomegranate suppresses resistin secretion by a novel regulatory mechanism involving the degradation of intracellular resistin protein in adipocyte.
Ellagic Acid, Diabetes and Glucose Metabolism.
Your body’s ability to metabolize glucose is closely related to weight loss in several ways. When glucose is properly metabolized, you will have plenty of energy throughout the day without experiencing the spikes in blood sugar levels that can lead to diabetes … or the crashes in blood sugar which can lead to carbohydrate cravings and subsequent over-indulgence in extra calories.
What ellagic acid from pomegranate or muscadines does for your body is to play a part in preventing excess absorption of glucose into your blood stream. This means that the simple carbohydrates you’re eating (like white bread, white rice, pasta) might not have as big of an impact on your blood sugar levels, helping to keep them normal.
Research link: Ellagic acid and type 2 diabetes.
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