There are many benefits to consuming a red raspberry extract on a regular basis. An extract from red raspberries provides a highly concentrated source of the bio-active ingredients that are contained within red raspberries.
Red raspberries are believed to be native to Europe but are now cultivated around the world. Red raspberries are the highest known source of Ellagic acid, which is a powerful polyphenol antioxidant. Red raspberries also contain a variety of other flavonoids.
Benefits of Red Raspberry Extract:
Red Raspberry Benefit 1: Anti-microbial effects.
Ellagic acid has been shown to have powerful effects in destroying bacteria in vitro. This means it may also have beneficial effects in destroying bacteria in vivo (in the body) as well.
Red Raspberry Benefit 2: Prevents oxidative DNA damage
Since DNA damage is a pre-requisite for cancer formation in the body, compounds that reduce this damage may also reduce the risk of cancer. It is believed that ellagic acid also increases DNA repair in cells.
Red Raspberry Benefit 3:Inhiits cancer cell proliferation and tumour formation.
A study published in 'Phytochemistry' in 2007 found that an extract from red raspberry can inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells.
Another study published in 'Cancer Prevention Research' in 2010 found that supplementing with a red raspberry extract can suppress mammary tumour incidence, volume and multiplicity. It may also suppress the enzymes involved in early phase carcinogenesis.
Research has also shown that Ellagic acid may induce 'apoptosis' (cell death) of human leukemia cells.
Red Raspberry Benefit 4: Has powerful anti-inflammatory effects.
Researchers at the San Diego Medical Center have found that Ellagic acid has powerful anti-inflammatory effects in rats. More research needs to be conducted, especially with humans, but nevertheless these results are positive.
Red Raspberry Benefit 5:Reduces atherosclerosis development and heart disease risk.
It appears that Ellagic acid has the ability to inhibit the oxidation and uptake of LDL cholesterol into the endothelial wall of blood vessels. This mechanism is part of the process of atherosclerosis (thickening of the artery walls) and leads to heart disease.
Therefore, supplementing with a red raspberry extract may significantly reduces heart disease risk.
Red Raspberry Benefit 6:May help keep blood sugar stable and manage high blood pressure.
Researchers in Brazil have discovered that Ellagic acid from berries shows good potential for managing the high blood sugar and high blood pressure that is associated with type 2 diabetes. Further research needs to be conducted but at this stage it looks promising.
Red Raspberry Benefit 7: May reduce liver damage
Researchers in Korea have discovered that Ellagic acid may reduce liver damage by inhibiting the production of reactive oxygen species by the mitochondria ('engine rooms' of cells) of the liver cells.
The results demonstrate the powerful anti-oxidant properties of Ellagic acid.
Overall, there are so many benefits to using an extract from red raspberry on a regular basis that make it a worthwhile supplement to add to your diet.