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Natural Botanical Supplement
Source:  Grapefruit  (Citrus paradisi)

Citrus Pectin is an indigestible, natural fiber that is found in the peel and rind of citrus fruits and is widely known for its beneficial effects on the digestive tract and ability to maintain intestinal balance.  It is said to cleanse the colon, bind with and remove heavy metals and toxins from the body,  and control diarrhea.   Moreover, Citrus Pectin is said to lower cholesterol  by binding with and removing bilious acids and fats before they are absorbed in the body.  This binding action is also believed to slow absorption of dietary sugar after meals and may thus be beneficial in cases of diabetes.  There is a great deal of promising research being conducted into the use of Citrus Pectin as a potential in fighting malignant diseases.

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History:
Citrus Pectin is a soluble plant fiber that is present as protopectin in the flavedo, albedo and various membranes found in the peel and rind of citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit and tangerines, etc.  Pectin is a constituent found in many other plants, notably edible fruits (apples [skin], bananas, cherries, grapes, pineapple and tomatoes), and it can be described as a complex carbohydrate that is rich in galactosyl residues, a polysaccharide (long-chain carbohydrate, characterized by long, complex side-chains).  It functions as intracellular cement in the cell walls of fruits and vegetables, but is most concentrated in citrus fruits:  Orange rind, for example, contains about thirty percent pectin, while grapefruit often proves higher yields.  Although it is such an ordinary material, modern research has found that this compound conveys wondrous health benefits.  Researchers in Michigan have recently been studying the effects of plain (long-chain) Citrus Pectin (CP), as well as a chemically Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) on the spread of cancer.  As a water-binding hydrocolloid with gel-forming capabilities, Citrus Pectin is a strong binding agent and is most familiar to us as the substance used in the making of jellies and puddings, and it is also found in the over-the-counter diarrhea remedy, Kaopectate ®. Citrus Pectin is manufactured from spent citrus peels using acid extraction, precipitation and purification, and it is water soluble and rich in the sugar, galactose.

Beneficial Uses:
Citrus Pectin may lessen the risk of heart disease.  Apparently, pectin is able to reduce LDL (the low-density lipoproteins or "bad" cholesterol) that clog the arteries, while not altering the levels of HDL (the high-density lipoproteins or "good" cholesterol) that actually help to transport bad cholesterol out of the body.  Citrus Pectin is a highly binding material that joins with cholesterol and bilious acids before they are absorbed in the body and swiftly eliminates them from the intestinal tract.  The removal of the buildup of fats in the arteries and lowered cholesterol improves blood circulation, reduces platelet aggregation (clotting) and can reduce the risk of arteriosclerosis, stroke and heart disease.

Citrus Pectin is said to bind with and remove unwanted heavy metals and toxins from the body (including, lead, strontium 90 and poisons that enter our soil, resulting in contamination of agricultural products and water).  It is also said to reduce the side effects of radiation therapy.

The large size and molecular weight of Citrus Pectin is said to benefit the digestive tract and effectively maintain intestinal balance by cleansing the intestinal tract.  It is an indigestible, soluble dietary fiber and unabsorbed by the gastrointestinal tract; therefore, it forms a gel, bulks up and helps to flush colon waste and eliminates the putrefactive toxins in the intestines and colon.  By reducing transit time through the colon, toxins and bad colon bacteria are removed, while friendly bacteria are promoted.

Because of its bulking action in the intestinal tract, Citrus Pectin is said to be effective in controlling diarrhea and is included in several pharmaceutical preparations as an anti-diarrheal.  Citrus Pectin is also said to stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria and is believed to be effective in combating food-borne pathogens.

Citrus Pectin is said to slow the absorption of food after meals; consequently, it is believed to help lower blood glucose levels by slowing the absorption of dietary sugar.  This quality may be beneficial in the treatment of diabetes.  Further, a study from Jerusalem’s Hebrew University and Massachusetts General Hospital ( 2010) indicated that naringenin, a compound  antioxidant derived from the bitter flavor of grapefruit and other citrus fruits may help the liver break down fat and improve insulin sensitivity, thus also showing anti-diabetic potential.

Citrus Pectin shows promise in the fight against malignant diseases.  The galacturonic acid content (a breakdown product of pectin) is said to bind to the surface receptors of malignant cells, and in animal tests, metastasis was inhibited in malignancy in the prostate, colorectal, gastric (stomach) and papillary thyroid tumors.  Citrus Pectin is rich in glucarates, and these substances are being studied for their potential use to prevent breast malignancy and lower the risk of PMS symptoms.  Glucarates are thought to have the ability to modify estrogen metabolism, but thus far, no conclusions have been drawn, and the research continues.

Contraindications:
Currently, there are no known warnings or contraindications with the use of Citrus Pectin Botanical Supplement, but those who have diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease should consult their physicians before using for specific conditions.  Some people may be allergic to Citrus Pectin and experience itch or rash.

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