Ellagic acid fact: red raspberries contain Ellagitannin
 

The Great Ellagic Acid Fraud - WARNING!

Ellagic Acid Fact: Red Raspberries, and other foods, contain Ellagitannin which upon human consumption is broken down into Ellagic Acid.

More and more websites are appearing on the Internet, advertising higher and higher contents of Ellagic Acid, obtained from raspberries, strawberries and other fruits.
The truth of the matter is that all this is complete rubbish. Be warned!

Experts in the business, confirm that the Meeker raspberry is the best source available, but even the Meeker raspberry, does not produce any Ellagic Acid content.

All Claims to this effect are totally misleading.

What is produced in the fruit, is an amount of Ellagitannin, and this in turn is able to produce Ellagic acid, only when it is consumed in the body. Beware of companies selling "Ellagic Acid" content, this is impossible!

Eating vast quantities of the correct type of fresh raspberries each day is not only impractical but would be horrendously expensive. Our leading brand uses the latest technology to extract the maximum amount of ellagitannin from a given amount of raspberry seed, but few have access to the most sophisticated techniques.

Some claims with ridiculously high content figures, are merely quoting in reality, the percentage of raspberry pulp in their product.

This is irrelevant as the highest concentration of Ellagitannin is found in the seeds

Dr John Barron is one of the world's foremost authorities in cutting edge nutritionals writes:

  • The other key issue is that each source of ellagitannins has its own individual mix of ellagitannins. A useful way to think about this is that the active ingredients in both green tea and grape seeds is a group of bio-chemicals called polyphenols (the same group of bio-chemicals that includes ellagic acid) – but because the mix of polyphenols is different in green tea and grape seeds, they each have an entirely different range of effects on the human body. Of the different sources of ellagitannins, the only “mix” that has been verified is the mix in red raspberries. In other words, for now, you want a red raspberry source . (Note: at some point, future studies may verify the efficacy of other sources such as pomegranate – but those studies do not exist at this point in time. Then again, the anecdotal evidence is building strongly.) For the moment then, the Meeker red raspberry is the most proven source of ellagic acid producing ellagitannins, with pomegranates probably a good alternative.
  • The bottom line, though, is that if you want to duplicate Dr. Nixon's protocol, then you need to use the ellagitannin source that he uses -- red raspberries.
Which brings us to the question of how to supplement with red raspberries. To be sure, Dr. Nixon used 1 cup of red raspberry puree per day in his studies. However, that is not practical for most people. Fortunately, it turns out the raspberry seeds have a much higher concentration of ellagitannins than the puree:
Brand
Seeds
Pulp
Whole
Meeker
8.40
3.36
4.31
Chilliwack
7.78
2.58
3.39
Willamette
8.13
2.05
2.91
Average
8.10
2.66
3.54

As you can see in the above table from the Washington State Red Raspberry Commission, over 70% of the ellagitannins present in the Meeker red raspberry are found in the seeds.

Bottom Line: one gram of red raspberry seed powder, taken twice a day, provides 40 mg of ellagitannins – equivalent to the amount of ellagitannins found in one cup of fresh red raspberries.

Some quote high figures where the content is added to, in order to raise the percentage of Ellagitannin to what they want to claim. This is misleading and illegal!

But above all, beware of the claims of percentage Ellagic Acid content. It is only the Ellagitannin content that is relevant.

Some popular brands sell for about $45.00 / $60.00 per 120 count bottle only to discover that you need to take 4 to 8 tablets to meet the daily dose, making these products two to five times more expensive than ours!

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