Dr. Daniel Nixon's work with ellagic acid is exciting. Studies at the Hollings Cancer Institute - in both test tubes and live human beings - showed health benefits of red raspberries.
One cup of red raspberries provides 40 mg of ellagitannins per day which prevented the development of cancer cells. Smaller amounts slowed down the growth of cancer cells, but at 40 mg and above, cancer cells committed suicide.
Dr. Nixon's published results show that red raspberry ellagitannins prevent destruction of the P53 gene (prevents mutagenic activity in cervical cells) by cancer cells, slows the growth of abnormal cells in the human colon and showed similar results for prostate, breast, skin, pancreatic and esophageal cancers. If that's not enough, they also help to breakdown leukemia cells in people. Ellagitannins protect the body by preventing cells from mutating. The tests at the Hollings Cancer Institute showed that breast and cervical cancer cells began to stop mutating just 3 days after ellagic acid was introduced. Further, red raspberry ellagitannins inactivate some cancer-causing chemicals.
We would choose to feed whole foods that contain ellagitannins, but the amounts that seem to be needed are far greater than dogs can consume without having GI challenges (think messy poop that defies imagination)
Ellagic acid supplements would seem to make sense if the seller can convince us that the supplement is what Dr. Nixon's results are based on, but that claim is not factual. The test tube studies were done with ellagic acid rather than ellagitannins because cells in a test tube don't have a way of breaking down ellagitannins into ellagic acid. However, the studies that really matter, the ones in human subjects, were with raspberry puree. When researchers talk about the amount of ellagic acid in food, they are referring to the amount that the body can derive from a food-based supplement. This is vastly different from an ellagic acid supplement because ellagic acid isn't naturally found in foods.
Don't be fooled by marketing buzz that doesn't know the difference between ellagic acid and ellagitannins. The bioavailability of ellagic acid from dietary sources has only been confirmed with red raspberries and even then, the type of raspberry matters. Concentration in Meeker raspberry seeds is 8.40 which is greater than the average (8.10) and as it turns out, the seeds are where the greatest portion of ellagitannins reside. Two gram of Meeker raspberry seeds provides the 40 mg of ellagitannins that I mentioned at the beginning of this article. That's a lot easier and less expensive than one cup of raspberries per day, and let's face it - most dogs can't handle that much fruit.
Interestingly, we found a very nice side effect of the Antioxidant Booster is firmer stool for some of the dogs that tended to have a bit of an issue. The fiber and tannins are two likely reasons, but an anti inflammatory affect might be another. Even dogs with arthritis symtoms seem to react well to this product.
Haven't tried it yet? Do it now! Our product is based on Meeker raspberries which provides a top notch source of ellagitannins.
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"Ben's stool has never been better. Thanks for making Booster available to me. I'm finally out of the vet's office for his poop problems.” ~ Beth (IL)
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