Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) Fights Cancer

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What is Modified Citrus Pectin?
Pectin is a soluble fibre found in large concentration in the peel and pulp of citrus fruits and apples. It is widely used as a thickening or gelling agent in jams, marmalades, jellies and preserves.

Modified citrus pectin (MCP) is pectin derived from citrus fruit peels and pulps that has been modified by PH, temperature and enzymatic process. This modification breaks down the long carbohydrate chains of pectin into shorter, non-branched chains that dissolve easily in water. MCP is better absorbed into the bloodstream and distributed throughout the body. As a result, MCP is a potentially powerful, natural cancer fighter.

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Galectin-3 Contributes to Cancer
Excess Galectin-3 (a type of carbohydrate-binding protein) has been implicated in cancer development and progression. It is specifically involved in tumour metastasis and angiogenesis.

Galectin-3 is present on the surface of cancerous cells. It enables cancer cells to aggregate, spread and form new or secondary tumour at distant organs and tissues. Metastasis poses a significant therapeutic challenge and is one of the leading causes of cancer mortality.

Galectin-3 stimulates angiogenesis, ie. formation of new blood vessels in a tumour for its continuous growth.

How Modified Citrus Pectin Fights Cancer
MCP could be useful in managing and preventing cancer metastasis. Research has shown that it may inhibit cancers of prostate, colon and breast, melanoma, hemangiosarcoma and multiple myeloma.

Anti-Cancer Effects of Modified Citrus Pectin
MCP is a natural Galectin-3 blocker. It binds to Galectin-3 on the surface of cancer cells, thereby inhibiting aggregation, adhesion and metastasis (spread) of cancer cells.

By blocking the activity of Galectin-3, MCP also prevents the formation of new blood vessels that feed tumours. Without angiogenesis, tumours cannot keep growing and spreading.

Modified Citrus Pectin & Prostate Cancer
In a 1995-96 pilot study conducted by Dr Isaac Eliaz and Dr Stephen Strum,  7 patients with local recurrence of prostate cancer following localised therapy were given 15 grams of MCP per day for 12 months.
Results: 4 out of the 7 patients had increased prostate-specific antigen doubling time (PSADT) of more than 30%. PSA is a serum marker for prostate cancer progression. PSADT measures the tumour doubling time based on the rate at which serum PSA rises. Longer PSADT indicates a slower progression of the disease.

The phase 2 pilot study was conducted in 2003. 10 patients with relapse of prostate cancer after local therapy were given 15 grams of MCP daily for 12 months.
Results: 7 out of 10 (70%) patients had a significant increase in PSADT.  In 6 out of 10 patients, PSADT increased by more than 100%.

These studies suggest that MCP may increase PSADT in men with recurrent prostate cancer.
Laboratory studies showed that MCP can inhibit cell proliferation and apoptosis in prostate cancer cell lines.

Other Health Benefit of Modified Citrus Pectin
MCP is used to chelate (remove) heavy metals and toxins from the body. The unique molecular structure of MCP enables it to selectively bind to heavy metals and eliminate them in the urine.

Toxic heavy metals contribute to serious health illnesses. Unlike other chelation agents, MCP can be safely used in chelation therapy, without disturbing the essential minerals or causing side effects.

Not All Modified Citrus Pectins Are Created Equal
There are 2 key factors that determine the effectiveness of MCP: molecular weight and degree of esterification. The most effective MCP has a molecular weight of between 3 and 15 kilodaltons and esterification below 10%.

PectaSol-C is a patented MCP formulation that has been used in extensive clinical and scientific research. It has a molecular weight of less than 15 kilodaltons and a low degree (less than 10%) of esterification. Therefore, PectaSol-C is readily and effectively absorbed into the bloodstream to promote cellular health.

Be aware of other ‘modified’ citrus pectins that do not meet the 2 criteria above. Their molecules are too large to absorbed and utilised by the body. These ‘modified’ citrus pectins do not provide health benefits as demonstrated in clinical studies. Be sure to use a clinically proven MCP such as PectaSol-C, and not some cheap, ineffective MCP with fillers.

Where to Buy PectaSol-C Modified Citrus Pectin
PectaSol-C Modified Citrus Pectin is available in both capsule and powder here.

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