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What are some precautions about taking pectin as a supplement?

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Pectin is a type of fiber found in most plants. Apples, plums, and peel and pulp of oranges and other citrus fruits are loaded with it. Your body can’t digest natural pectin. But you can take it in an altered form called modified citrus pectin (MCP). It can sometimes give you cramps or diarrhea. MCP also may interfere with certain cancer treatments or such drugs as:

The FDA doesn’t regulate supplements such as pectin. Talk to your doctor about potential risks before you take pectin or any other dietary supplement.

  • Digoxin (a heart medicine)
  • Lovastatin (a cholesterol-lowering drug)
  • Tetracycline antibiotics

From: Pectin WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Modified Citrus Pectin."

Brown, L. , January 1999. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: "Pectin."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Pectin."

Federal Register, April 17, 2003; vol 68.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure: "Modified Citrus Pectin," taken from Natural Standards web site.

Eliaz, I. , October 2006. Phytotherapy Research

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 12, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Modified Citrus Pectin."

Brown, L. , January 1999. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: "Pectin."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Pectin."

Federal Register, April 17, 2003; vol 68.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure: "Modified Citrus Pectin," taken from Natural Standards web site.

Eliaz, I. , October 2006. Phytotherapy Research

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 12, 2017

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