Modified Citrus Pectin
What is it?
Pectin is a soluble fiber present in most plants but is concentrated in the peel and pulp of citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges, and grapefruits, as well as apples. Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) is a modified, more digestible form of citrus pectin. Unlike normal pectin, which is not digestible, MCP is chemically altered so that it is more readily absorbed in the gut. Once in the bloodstream, MCP is believed to have biological properties beneficial to human health.
What has it been shown to do?
While MPC’s use in medicine is still being explored, scientists have begun studying its use in post-treatment adjuvant therapies to reduce the risk of metastasis.
Research studies have been promising regarding the ability of modified citrus pectin to suppress cancer cell development. In various lab studies it has appeared to be effective in vitro / vivo against prostate, breast colon, melanoma and has provoked galectin-3 causing cancer cells to lose their ability to replicate. The most advanced stages of research have been with prostate cancer. A study involving 53 men who were treated with radiation or surgery following a relapse showed PSA levels declined in 70% of the participants after taking MCP for six months.
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