What is modified citrus pectin?
Pectin, as it is found in the peel of various citrus fruits, is a carbohydrate that is made of thousands of sugar molecules that are chemically linked together. Pectin in this natural form cannot be easily absorbed by the body so it is mainly considered to be a soluble dietary fiber that can be useful in pushing food through the digestive system. In contrast, Modified Citrus Pectin has been altered so that it can be easily absorbed by the digestive tract and can travel freely through the bloodstream.
Modified Citrus Pectin is proving itself to be very helpful in the prevention and treatment of metastatic cancer, this is especially true for metastatic melanoma and solid tumors such as cancer of the prostate, colon, and breast. The effectiveness of MCP lies in its ability to bind to the receptors that are found on cancer cells which prohibits them from binding together with healthy cells, thus stopping the cancer from metastasizing to other areas of the body. These cells will circulate through the bloodstream until they are eliminated by way of the liver, kidneys, and bowels.
Available studies on modified citrus pectin for cancer:
One study examined the effects of MCP on lung metastases from melanoma cells. For the study researchers injected mice with melanoma cells and then fed them differing diets. The mice that were given the MCP had significantly fewer tumors that had metastasized to the lungs than the mice that weren’t given the MCP supplement. It was also noted that if lung tumors had developed in the treated mice they tended to be smaller than those that had formed in the untreated group of rodents.
Recent laboratory studies of human and animal cells have provided additional information on how MCP might slow the spread of cancer. It appear that MCP attaches to galectin-3, a common chemical that is found in many cells and is abnormally high in cancerous cells. Galectin-3 appears to play an important role in the growth, survival and spread of cancer cells. Link to this study
Another study looked at the effect of MCP on prostate-specific antigen (PSA) doubling time. This measures how long it takes the PSA levels in the blood to increase by 100 percent. For this test prostate cancer patients with rising PSA levels were given 6 PectaSol capsules 3 times per day for 12 months. After treatment, 7 out of 10 patients showed a slowing of their PSA doubling time. Link to study
MCP has also been shown to increase immune activity against human leukemia cells by significantly enhancing the activation of Natural Killer Cells and increasing their functionality at inducing cancer cell death. Link to study
Modified citrus pectin has proven itself to be a useful tool in the excretion of heavy metals from the body.
A recent study shows MCP’s abilities to safely remove heavy metals such as lead, mercury, arsenic and others from the circulation, without affecting essential mineral levels. For this study, people who were given 15 grams of PectaSol-C for five days, and 20 grams on the 6th day. Twenty-four hour urine samples were collected on days 1 and day 6 for comparison with the baseline. By day 6, participants excreted much higher levels of metals, for instance, arsenic excretion went up 130%, cadmium was up 150%, and lead was up 560%. Link to the study.
Dr. Isaac Eliaz on modified citrus pectin being beneficial for cancer patients
“The more we learn about MCP, the more impressive it becomes,” says Dr. Isaac Eliaz. “With its ability to control aggressive cancers, reduce inflammation, enhance immunity, chelate heavy metals and work synergistically with a variety of chemotherapeutic agents, it has earned an important role within anti-cancer and chronic disease protocols.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved the use of MCP as a treatment for cancer or any other medical condition, but MCP is readily available in the United States as a dietary supplement.
Modified citrus pectin is available as a capsule or powdered form. The dose suggested by manufacturers for the powder is 5 grams (nearly a fifth of an ounce) mixed with fresh water or juice, taken 3 times a day on an empty stomach. For capsules, the suggested dose is 800 milligrams, taken 3 times a day on an empty stomach. It is important to drink large amounts of fluids with this product. The product, PectaSol-C Modified Citrus Pectin was manufactured by Dr. Isaac Eliaz.
Angiogenesis is the process by which new blood vessels are formed and is responsible for much of the growth and spread of cancer. Once a tumor grows to a certain size, the tumor sends chemical signals out that stimulate the growth of new blood vessels that carry the blood to it. If you can stop the tumor from receiving a blood supply, then the tumor can not grow and spread. The following supplements can interrupt the growth process of tumors and promote cancer cell death.
Natural killer are lymphocytes of the immune system that control several types of tumors and microbial infections by limiting their spread and subsequent tissue damage. Supplements that support the function of Natural Killer Cells include: