MCP (Modified Citrus Pectin)

Pectin is in the pulp and peel of citrus fruits and may stimulate the immune system. The pectin is modified (hence the term “Modified Citrus Pectin") so that it is readily absorbed into the bloodstream, where it appears to interfere with cancer cells in a couple of different ways.

Early research showed promise that MCP could be a valuable treatment in some kinds of cancer (i.e. prostate, breast, lung and colon).  Non-alternative medical sites do caution that it is an alterative therapy without enough scientific evidence to back up some of the claims.  An NCBI-reported study concluded that “it appears that MCP is capable of targeting multiple critical rate-limiting steps involved in cancer metastasis…holds the potential to increase dramatically the efficiency of a conventional chemotherapy.”

MCP may also be beneficial for removing metals from the body, as a chelating agent. Animal studies in 2013 suggest that it may diminish the amount of plaque in the aorta, thus showing promise as a treatment for atherosclerosis.

Side effects have been mild thus far, with some reports of flatulence or loose stools.  Some people with nut allergies have had allergic reactions to MCP.

The pectin should be dissolved in liquid and taken on an empty stomach.

As with any substance, large studies are required to determine the safety for pregnant and nursing women, as well as children.  There also may be undesirable interactions with other prescription medications.