Life Extension Magazine March 2009
Fighting Cancer Metastasis and Heavy Metal Toxicities With Modified Citrus Pectin
By Joanne Nicholas
Using Modified Citrus Pectin
Research indicates that MCP may hold health applications in significantly increasing the urinary excretion of metals3,17,18 and in inhibiting tumor growth and metastasis.19-21
Side effects from citrus pectin are rare and occur primarily in patients with citrus fruit allergies.10
According to the Natural Standards Monograph on MCP, “some experts caution that neither citrus pectin nor all ‘modified’ citrus pectins have the same effects as MCP. Citrus pectin does not have the short polysaccharide chains as MCP, and ‘modified’ pectin could indicate that the pectin has been altered in some way, but not necessarily have the shorter polysaccharide chains.”22
MCP provides superior benefits to unmodified citrus pectin because its shorter, galactose-rich polysaccharide chains allow for better absorption and utilization by the body. Further, its galactose-rich side chains allow MCP to bind galactose-binding lectins on the surface of certain cancer cells to help impede cancer adhesion and metastasis.1
Make sure that the MCP you are using is one that has been researched and studied in the various clinical trials discussed in this article.
Nutritional scientists recommend taking MCP on an empty stomach. Dosages range from 6 to 30 grams daily in divided doses. A typical daily dosage is 5 grams, three times daily.
Modified citrus pectin is an intriguing substance that continues to be studied in an effort to determine its full therapeutic potential. It appears to be a promising agent that can keep some advanced cancers in check by limiting the growth of new tumors, and by affecting the primary cancer as well. MCP also appears to show some promise as a natural, non-toxic chelating agent that binds to heavy metals like cadmium, lead, mercury, and arsenic and helps the body excrete them in the urine.
Not all citrus pectin products are alike. Be sure to utilize modified citrus pectin (MCP) containing short polysaccharide chains such as the preparations utilized in the clinical studies discussed in this article. Scientists continue to refine MCP preparations, which may also result in greater efficacy.
If you have any questions on the scientific content of this article, please call a Life Extension Health Advisor at 1-800-226-2370.
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