Nutrition & Healthcare
A prebiotic is an edible but indigestible carbohydrate that stimulate the growth and activity of beneficial bacteria like Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli in the colon. Increasing evidence suggest that a balanced intestinal microbiota plays a key role in the maintenance of good health by keeping harmful pathogens in check.
Pectin is a natural soluble fibre, so it can be used to enrich health foods and drinks, and more and more studies are confirming its pre-biotic properties, stemming into new, healthy products that contribute to maintain a healthy life style. But pectin is more than just a prebiotic. Researchers have long known that pectin can help to lower blood cholesterol levels, particularly very-low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (VLDL) particles which gets converted into low-density lipoprotein (‘bad’ cholesterol) in the blood. Pectin is also known for its superior binding capacity to heavy metals like lead, arsenic, cadmium or mercury. To treat heavy metal intoxication, purified pectin has shown positive effects in several studies. A special type of modified pectin with a very narrow defined molecular weight distribution, mainly known as MCP (Modified Citrus Pectin), is peculiarly adapted for the usage as a dietary supplement or for pharmaceutical applications.
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