Modified Citrus Pectin for Detoxification, Cancer, Longevity
Modified citrus pectin (MCP) has been shown to boost immunity, increase detoxification, lengthen lifespan, reduce heart disease and fight cancer.
This natural ingredient is found in the peels of oranges, lemons, tangerines and other citrus fruits. And it is quite incredible when it comes to medicinal value.
Does this come with scientific evidence, you ask? Yes, as a matter of fact.
Modified citrus pectin extends life
A 2018 study led by anti-aging expert, Dr. Isaac Eliaz (M.D., L.Ac) has found that modified citrus pectin reduces disease by blocking the destructive Galectin-3.
Dr. Eliaz presented to the 19th Annual World Congress on Anti-Aging Medicine and Regenerative Biomedical Technologies new findings that show citrus pectin blocks the biomarker Galectin-3 – found to increase life-threatening disease incidence and early death.
“MCP offers unprecedented health benefits by binding and blocking excess Galectin-3 molecules throughout the body. With the latest research linking Galectin-3 to the progression of numerous diseases, this presentation felt like a breakthrough moment where a new tool in medicine is being introduced to a whole medical community for the first time,” said Dr. Eliaz.
The anti-aging conference was attended by more than 1,000 physicians, health practitioners, and scientists.
Dr. Eliaz’ research data revealed that the modified citrus pectin, derived from the pith of citrus fruit peels, blocked unhealthy levels of Galectin-3 molecules circulating within the body. Elevated levels of Galectin-3 has been shown to be associated with heart disease, tissue fibrosis, cancer, and diseases of other organs. So far, MCP has been found to be the only natural Galectin-3 blocker available today. MCP binds to excess Galectin-3 molecules, preventing them from damaging tissues.
Measuring Galectin-3 in the blood
Circulating levels of Galectin-3 are now measurable with a blood test, and the test has been approved by the FDA to help determine higher risks of heart disease and damage to other organs.
Dr. Eliaz’ research has also shown that modified citrus pectin enhances immunity. One of his studies showed that MCP activated B-cells and activated T-cells and natural killer cells. The NK-cells’ stimulated activity was found to kill leukemia cancer cells, as published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
MCP has also been shown to stimulate detoxification. Dr. Eliaz found that MCP reduces heavy metal levels within the body.
“When the toxic burden is high, I recommend a gentle yet highly effective heavy metal detoxification program using Modified Citrus Pectin. MCP is clinically proven to significantly reduce dangerous heavy metals, including lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium, without lowering levels of essential minerals,” added Dr. Eliaz.
MCP is a detox agent
A number of studies have found MCP to be a natural detox agent. In a 2019 study, a team of doctors studied six people in the Phoenix Arizona area, who had uranium exposure.
The doctors tested their blood, urine and fecal matter beforehand, and gave them three 750 milligram capsules of MCP twice a day for six weeks. They tested the patients after six days and six weeks, and then again six weeks after halting the supplementation.
The researchers found all the subjects had increased levels of uranium in their feces. The supplementation increased their uranium counts in their feces with supplementation. And six weeks after stopping, five of the six patients then showed significantly decreased levels of uranium.
A 2008 study tested hospitalized children with toxic lead poisoning (levels over 20 micrograms per deciliter). The researchers gave some of the children MCP in three doses per day. The researchers found the children had dramatically decreased levels of lead in their blood and urine samples.
Blood levels of lead went down by an average of 161 percent and urine levels of lead went down by 132 percent on average. The doctors reported:
“The need for a gentle, safe heavy metal-chelating agent, especially for children with high environmental chronic exposure, is great. The dramatic results and no observed adverse effects in this pilot study along with previous reports of the safe and effective use of MCP in adults indicate that MCP could be such an agent.”
MCP fights cancer
Other research has found that MCP reduces the risk of tumor growth and helps prevent tumors from forming.
For example, a 2018 study found that MCP significantly inhibited the growth and survival of bladder cancer cells.
And a 2019 study found that MCP prevents ovarian cancer cells from migrating and further invasion.
Another 2019 study found that MCP inhibits migration of cancer cells, halts proliferation and aggregation of cancer cells.
A late 2018 study found that modified citrus pectin reduces migration of prostate cancer cells.
A 2003 study tested 10 men with recurring prostate cancer. After one year of taking MCP, 70 percent of the men had significantly reduced growth rates of the prostate cancer cells.
Modified citrus pectin boosts immunity
A number of studies have found MCP to be a significant antioxidant. In a 2017 study, scientists found that MCP had a significant antioxidant effect, helping to inhibit TNF-alpha levels, nuclear factor-kappa B activity and lipid peroxidation levels.
The researchers also found MCP reduced inflammation and was a potent antioxidant.
The bottom line? Don’t be so hasty about cutting away all the peel from your citrus fruits.
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