An update on ellagic acid as a natural powerful flavonoid

Samaneh Khodadadi, Hamid Nasri

Abstract


Ellagic acid is a polyphenol compound present in many fruits, nuts, and seeds, such as pomegranates, black raspberries, raspberries, strawberries, walnuts, and almonds. Some studies in the past indicated that ellagic acid showed powerful free radical scavenging action, and also has anti-diabetic, chemoprotective, anti-apoptotic, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumorigenic properties. While ellagic acid and its complex derivatives such as ellagitannins (ETs) play an important role in human nutrition and endowed with numerous biological properties, thus this substance may be suitable as a defensive factor against free radicals. Hence the aim of this paper is to review current research into the therapeutic potential of ellagic acid in prevention and treatment of some chronic conditions such as cancers or various chronic disease due to its main role as a potent scavenger of oxygen species.

 

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This paper has given a view on ellagic acid and also the reasons for its widespread administration as a polyphenolic compound originated in the numerous foods. Various investigations have been reported the therapeutic and preventive effects of this substance including anti-mutagenic and anti-carcinogenic, anti-tumorigenic and even anti-diabetic potentials in order to play an important role as a functional food.

 

Citation: Khodadadi S, Nasri H. An update on ellagic acid as a natural powerful flavonoid. Ann Res Antioxid. 2017;2(2):e02.

 


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