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citrus pectin

Citrus Pectin is an indigestible, natural fiber that is found in the peel and rind of citrus fruits. It is widely known for its beneficial effects on the digestive tract and ability to maintain intestinal balance. It is said to cleanse the colon, removing waste and toxins, as well as control diarrhea. Moreover, Citrus Pectin is believed 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.

Pectin appears to produce hypocholesterolemic actions and may be anti-atherogenic to some individuals. It is used in some multi-ingredient preparations for use in connection with constipation and diarrhea. It is also marketed as a nutritional supplement for the management of elevated cholesterol. Citrus Pectin may lessen the risk of heart disease. Apparently, Pectin is able to reduce the low-density lipoproteins (LDL or "bad" cholesterol) that clog the arteries, while not altering the levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL 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 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. It 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. Some studies have revealed that modified Citrus Pectin has putative anticarcinogenic activity.

References:
NutraSanus. http://www.nutrasanus.com/citrus-pectin.aspx
Herbal Extracts Plus. http://www.herbalextractsplus.com/citrus-pectin.cfm
PDR Health. http://www.pdrhealth.com/drug_info/nmdrugprofiles/nutsupdrugs/mod_0175.shtml

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