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Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2003 Jun 26;123(13-14):1856-7.

[Cloudberry: an important source of ellagic acid, an anti-oxidant].

[Article in Norwegian]

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Department of Pharmaceutical Botany, K. Marcinkowski University of Medical Sciences, Pozńa, Poland.


Cloudberry, Rubus chamaemorus L. (Rosaceae) is an herbaceous plant with a boreal, circumpolar distribution. Its fruit is of economic importance in northern Scandinavia; furthermore, this plant is of significance in Norwegian tradition. We present a review of its biology, secondary metabolites as well as cloudberry applications. The compounds of primary interest in cloudberry are vitamin C and ellagotannins with a high level of ellagic acid that exhibits biological activities. Ellagic acid, a dietary phenolic, offers considerable promise as anticarcinogen, antimutagen and antioxidant. The ellagic acid content in cloudberries could have health benefits.

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