Know Your Ingredients: Ellagic Acid

Ellagic_acid

What it is
Ellagic Acid is a compound that can be found in some vegetables, nuts and fruits such as raspberries, strawberries, pomegranates, walnuts and cranberries.

What it does
Ellagic Acid contains polyphenolic, a naturally occurring compound that has strong antioxidant properties. It protects from the skin damage (wrinkles and other signs of aging) caused by UVB rays. It works by blocking the productions of MMP (matrix metalloproteinase enzymes), which breaks down collagen in damaged skin cells and reduces ICAM, a molecule that causes inflammation. It also inhibits the formation of sun and age spots.

Side effects
Ellagic Acid is generally considered to be safe.

(Source: International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2000)
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