Friday, July 12, 2013


Pectin is one of the natural plant components considered vital for the tissue integrity in most fruits and vegetables. It is a polymer of galacturonic acid with long chain length and cannot be digested in human body. However, it is grouped under soluble dietary fiber with some positive health attributes because it is a substrate for some intestinal microorganisms which generate smaller molecular nutrients beneficial to the humans. As far as food technologists are concerned Pectin is an essential ingredient in the preparation of preserves like jam, jelly and other similar products with characteristic texture and long shelf life. Food technologists also find pectin an inconvenient substance when fruit juices are to be made from highly viscous fruit pulps and use the degrading enzyme pectinase to break down the long chain polymer and release the entrapped juice in the fruit tissue matrix. Such a process increases the juice yield very significantly and boost the economics of the process. Recent finding that this pectin, if chemically modified under certain pH and temperature conditions, can have nutraceutical and medicinal properties opens up a new area of intense interest for development of cancer fighting agents with considerable promise. Here is a take on this interesting development.  

"Multiple published studies on Modified Citrus Pectin conducted at top research institutes have uncovered  numerous cancer-fighting, cardiovascular and health promoting benefits, including powerful immune activation and superior Galectin-3 inhibition. As MCP's substantial body of scientific evidence continues to grow, there is ample proof that this unique nutraceutical is highly effective and safe for long-term use. MCP is the only proven naturally derived Galectin-3 blocker. In addition to fighting cancer, the inhibition of harmful excess galectin-3 in the body is proving to be a critical component in the fight against cardiovascular disease, inflammation, fibrosis and other illnesses. In the fight against cancer, no one product can be considered a "magic bullet." However, the remarkable efficacy and safety of MCP make it an essential component within the world of integrative therapies. As ongoing research further validates the many outstanding health benefits offered by this natural product, MCP is becoming one of the most important nutrients to take on a daily basis for health maintenance and disease prevention. One specific form of MCP continues to be the most effective and widely researched MCP available on the market, and the only one used in clinical trials".

"I have used MCP successfully for over 20 years as an essential component of my integrative cancer protocols for patients with cancer of the breast, prostate, lung, colon, liver, pancreas and other cancers. I have seen tumors shrink and metastasis reversed, together with significant improvements in patients' overall health and vitality. While each of my patients receive highly individualized protocols specific to their unique needs, MCP always plays a leading role in all my cancer-fighting and health-promoting programs. The powerful ability of MCP to reduce cancerous cell growth and prevent the spread of cancer throughout the body continues to be proven in ongoing peer-reviewed research and the findings are significant: MCP is a safe and highly effective therapy with the ability to support cellular health, immune function and longevity".

For ages pectin was being made from citrus pomace and apple pomace which are by products of the fruit juice manufacturing industry posing problem of disposal as it constitutes almost 50-85% of the fruit. Through a process of extraction and precipitation using ethyl alcohol, pectin concentrates are prepared which are further purified to get fruit pectins with high gelling power in sugar admixtures. If protagonists of Citrus Modified Pectin are to be believed it is a miracle substance with multifaceted healing properties against disease like cancers of various types, improve immunity functions, chelate toxic metals in the body etc. In all these claims what is not clear is whether pectin from citrus fruit is only effective or that from others like apple, guava, papaya etc will also be equally effective. Also vague is the process involved in modification and precise chemical identity of the modified end product. Unless these become clear, the so called CMP will remain an enigma and may be just another commercial gimmick with tall claims not completely proved.   


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