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Pectin is a type of botanical fiber derived from certain fruits. It is particularly plentiful in apples and citrus fruits. Pectin Supplements

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What is Pectin?

Pectin is a form of fiber contained in various plants, most notably the skin and pulp of apples and citrus fruits. In addition to supplying health-enhancing soluble fiber, it features antioxidants that aid in fighting the damaging, age-accelerating effects of oxidative stress. This fruit-derived substance has historically been valued for its health benefits. Its name stems from the Ancient Greek word "pektos," which means "congealed," and it was used as a gelling agent in jams and similar foods around the world long before it was scientifically studied in the modern era.**

Apple pectin is one of the most common varieties, and its abundance of soluble fiber is linked to the optimal maintenance of cholesterol balance already in normal range. The cardiovascular-supportive nutrient is also associated with promoting stable blood glucose levels, since it mediates sugar absorption as it moves through the digestive system. Its soluble fiber further optimizes gastrointestinal health, consistency and comfort, including colon wellness, by promoting healthy bacteria in the gut and assisting with the cleansing process. It is also appreciated in weight management because it helps to encourage satiety and its accompanying "full" feeling.**

Grapefruit offers another well-known form, and, like its apple counterpart, it is tied to digestive wellness due to its considerable soluble fiber content. This variety, which includes grapefruit peel, aids in maintaining ideal cholesterol balance and was found by one study to be particularly effective in modulating levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), widely known as "bad" cholesterol.**

Modified citrus pectin (MCP) is another alternative. A patented variety, it has been altered from its original form to consist of shorter fiber molecules, giving it a lower molecular weight. This allows it to be readily absorbed into the digestive tract and bloodstream. MCP has been linked in investigations to cleansing the body with a chelating effect that assists in the removal of harmful metals. Research has shown that it may also help to uphold overall cellular health.**

Pectin Supplements

These supplements are sourced from apples or citrus fruits and are available in capsule, tablet and powder form. The modified citrus variety may be notably more expensive than its other fruit counterparts; this is primarily due to its refined quality and reputation for easy absorption.**

Pectin Directions for Use

Talk to your health care provider before incorporating this supplement into your diet. Standard recommended dosage has not been set. Capsules and tablets may vary in range from 300 to 1,000 mg.**