Extract chronic disease risk

By Nicholas Robinson contact

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Cancer risk could be reduced by blackberries

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Risk of chronic disease and cancer could be reduced following new research to extract important compounds – such as ellagitannins – from fruits like blackberries.

Studies have demonstrated that fresh fruits and vegetables have the ability to lower the risk of diseases such as stroke, obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

However, Institution of Chemical Engineers’ chief executive Dr David Brown, who is working on the research, claimed that millions of consumers across the globe were missing the minimum World Health Organisation target of 400g of fruit and vegetables a day.

Important minerals

To combat this, he said, foods and medicines could be fortified with important minerals and vitamins, as well as the naturally occurring ellagitannins, from rubus fruits, such as blackberries.

Yet, research into methods of extracting ellagitannins from blackberries had been minimal until now, when scientists used ultrafiltration membranes – a filtration system that is used to clean drinking water – to extract the compound from blackberry juice.

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