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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 important point is that each derivative of ellagitannins has its particular and specific mixture of the active ellagitannins. A proper way to consider this is that the effective elements in green tea and seeds of grapes are a class of biological chemicals known as polyphenols (the same class including ellagic acid) – but importantly is the mix of polyphenols which is different in green teas and grape seeds, each one have a completely different spectrum of bio-chemical reactions on the human physiology. Of the several origin of the ellagitannins, the unique “blend” that was verified in the laboratory is the blend in red raspberry. Put it another way, at this time, you should choose red raspberry seed flour concentrate. (Sometime studies in the future could provide information on the effectiveness of other fruits such like pomegranate, for example – but those studies have not been carried out as of this time. But again, the informal evidence from users is of some consideration.) At the moment, the Meeker red raspberry is the prominent and most tested provenience of ellagic acid generating ellagitannins, with pomegranates a viable substitute.

The most likely consideration, however, is that if you were to replicate Dr. Nixon's research, you would need to consume the ellagitannin sources that he has used - the red raspberries.

What is the most effective way to complement your diet with red raspberries? Surely, Dr. Nixon dosed 1-cup of red raspberry flour daily in his research. Often this may not be practical for the majority of people. Thankfully, in this case the raspberry seeds concentrate yield a noticeably higher aggregation of  active-ellagitannins than the simple puree:

You may notice from the table above sourced  from the Washington State Red Raspberry Commission,  that over 70% of the ellagitannins current in the Meeker red raspberry are to be found in the seeds.

In conclusion : one gram of Meeker red raspberry seed powder, consumed two time a day day,  will provide 40 milligrams of ellagitannins – equal to the quantity of ellagitannins present 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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