Blueberries and Cancer
New and exciting research has now linked the consumption of blueberries (as part of a regular diet) with the prevention of cancer. Once again it is the high phytonutrient content of blueberries that is responsible for this health benefit. In this case, the major phytonutrient responsible for producing this effect is ellagic acid. Ellagic acid, is also found in high quantities within other berries, including:
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• Black and red raspberries
This phytonutrient tends to be located in the seeds of these berries, making the afore mentioned berries three to nine times more potent sources of ellagic acid than other good sources, such as strawberries, walnuts, and pecans. Various studies on ellagic acid have demonstrated that people who consume foods that are high in ellagic acid are three times less likely to develop cancer when compared to those who consume very little or no dietary ellagic acid.