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Why do people take pectin?

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Natural pectin, found in citrus fruits and other plants, can’t be digested by your body. Some people take a supplemental form of pectin called modified citrus pectin (MCP) for different reasons. It may help lower LDL "bad" cholesterol. But the effect is small and you’ll usually need to make other changes to bring it down to healthy levels.

Research suggests, but does not prove, that pectin may slow the growth of prostate cancer in some men.

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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