Anticancer Foods: Modified Citrus Pectin Uses & Benefits

Does size matter? Well, in the case of pectin, it certainly does.

What Is Modified Citrus Pectin?

Pectin is a fiber found in the peels and pulp of citrus fruits. Our body cannot digest it, so it serves as an effective source of fiber. But when it is converted into small molecules known as modified citrus pectin (MCP), it can be absorbed into the bloodstream and benefits your health more than just serving as a fibrous source. It is modified by high pH and temperature treatments which convert the large carbohydrate chains into smaller, digestible molecules. This modification makes it even more beneficial for your health. It can boost your immunity, detoxify the system, act as an anti-inflammatory, and much more.

What Are The Uses Of  Modified Citrus Pectin?

In the food industry, pectin often serves as a natural thickener, mainly in jams, marmalades, or baked items. Because of its fibrous properties, people also use it for gastrointestinal issues and high cholesterol. But this modified new version of pectin is much more beneficial and has shown some promising benefits in the field of health sciences. It is available in powder or capsule form in health stores as a dietary supplement. Pectin supplement is taken by dissolving it in a cup of liquid.

What Are The Health Benefits Of Modified Citrus Pectin?

Are all the health claims associated with MCP true? Well, let’s see. Recent studies show that MCP act as an inhibitor of galectin-3, A protein associated with acute kidney injury, sepsis, and impaired cognition. Another study shows that it binds with cholesterol, improves lipid profiles, and hence; reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke. It combats diarrhea and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) by reducing inflammation and balancing the gut microflora. It also acts as a chelating agent and detoxifies the body by removing toxic metals like lead from the system. Though other chelating therapies could do that too, the bonus point of MCP is it has no side effects and does not increase the loss of vital nutrients like calcium, iron, or zinc. Indeed, MCP has a lot of benefits and improves overall health.

What Makes Modified Citrus Pectin An Anti-cancer Food?

Cancer, a continuous pandemic, is killing millions of people yearly. The use of MCP can even help you combat this nasty disease and live a fearless life. Studies have found that it stops cancer by reducing growth and causing apoptosis (cell death) in tumor cells. It also stimulates the natural killer cells and helps the immune system fight leukemia. One study of 49 patients with advanced tumor showed that oral intake of 5 g MCP three times daily; reduces the progression of the disease and improve the quality of life. It also reduces the risk of cancer by removing toxic metals and improving gastrointestinal health, which otherwise could cause inflammation and cancer growth. No doubt, it is beneficial, but make sure to consult with your physician before adding it to your diet, especially if you are suffering from any medical condition.

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