Modified Citrus Pectin
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Modified citrus pectin is a complex polysaccharide and soluble component of plant fiber derived from citrus fruit. Pectin, in its natural source composes the cell walls in plants.
Other names for modified citrus pectin include: citrus pectin, Pecta-Sol®, MCP
- The peel and pulp of citrus fruits contains the highest amount of pectin.
- Concentrated amounts of pectin are also found in the peels of apples, plums, apricots and peaches.
The following are uses for modified citrus pectin:
- Modified citrus pectin has been found to inhibit spontaneous metastasis of cancer cells. This is done so by interfering with cell-cell interactions mediated by cell surface carbohydrate-binding galectin-3 molecules.
- Some also claim that a compound found in MCP strengthens the cancer cell–killing ability of T-cells, cells that also protect against germs.
Pectin is also useful in the treatment of:
- High Cholesterol
- Insulin Resistance
- Increases the sense of feeling full
- Pectin is also used as a thickener in food, and is a major ingredient in yogurt, ketchup and fruit jelly.
The recommended dosages have not yet been established. To determine what your specific requirements are talk to your naturopathic doctor or other trained medical professional.
- The typical adult dosage for the powder is 5 grams (nearly a fifth of an ounce) mixed with water or juice taken 3 times a day with meals. For capsules, the suggested dose is 800 milligrams (mg) 3 times a day with meals.
Modified Citrus Pectin is generally considered safe.
- For those allergic to citrus fruit modified citrus pectin may cause allergy symptoms.
- Pienta KJ, Nalik H, Akhtar A, et al. (1995) Inhibition of spontaneous metastasis in a rat prostate cancer model by oral administration of modified citrus pectin. Journal of the National Cancer Institute;87(5):348-353.