Apple Pectin – 700mg Capsules


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Apple pectin may be just one more reason why the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” has endured. What exactly is pectin? It’s a complex carbohydrate, a soluble fibre found in the walls of plant cells.  The actual amount of pectin found in the cells varies by each plant. Overall, pectin content is typically higher in legumes and certain fruits. For instance, apple, grapefruit, orange and apricot are known to have high levels of pectin. There are many health benefits associated with pectin including:

  • regulating the digestive system
  • lowering blood pressure
  • lowering glucose levels
  • lowering  bad cholesterol levels

While pectin alone certainly has a number of health benefits, apple pectin in particular has some other medicinal advantages. Its primary use is as a natural remedy for digestive disorders. Since apple pectin is high in fiber, it is used to help regulate bowel movements and once it arrives in the colon it starts creates butyrate (HDAC Inhibitor) via fermentation with the colonic flora which has been shown to  induce apoptosis in colonocytes in vitro in a p53-independent manner .

It can help firm stools and reduce inflammation associated with diarrhoea, as well as help with constipation. It is also used to help treat colitis, irritable bowel disease, and other related digestive disorders, apple pectin has also been found to have the following properties.

  • HDAC Inhibitor
  • Protects Cells
  • Prevents Carcinogenesis
  • Lowers Colonic Inflammation
  • Activates Natural Killer T and B Cells

In 1825, a French chemist and pharmacist, Henri Braconnot, who was an expert in the extraction of active components from plants, was the first to discover a heteropolysaccharide with gelling properties which he named “pectic acid” (in ancient Greek πηκτ ικóς meaning coagulant).

Pectin is a family of complex polysaccharides, which are found in high amounts in plant primary wall. The main role of the plant wall components is to give mechanical strength to plants, to maintain an extracellular water phase by imbibition and to provide a barrier from external environment.

The exact chemical structure of pectin is still under debate. Pectins are a family of covalently linked galacturonic acid-rich polymers. Until now, three main pectic polysaccharides have been isolated from plant wall whose structure has been identified. They are homogalacturonan (HG), rhamnogalacturonan-I (RG-I) and substituted galacturonans (GS).

Suggested Usage:
Take 2 capsules with water 30 mins before a meal. Combine with Algae DHA for greater therapeutic effect [R]


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Lab-Tested endeavors to use the most potent source materials within our formulas. Our herbal extracts are sourced and tested by the only Government-certified large scale producer of crude herb (powder-free) TCM concentrates in Asia who manufacture to GMP / ISO 9001/2000 pharmaceutical grade and also operate an ISO17025/TAF-certified laboratory where they subject all plant extracts to strict quality inspections free from heavy metals, pesticides or microbes before release to the clinics all over the world. The formulas and tinctures are assembled without fillers in small batches by a BHMA member herbal dispensary.


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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or MHRA and the items are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease nor are they associated, endorsed, affiliated or sponsored by Anthony William, Medical Medium® Joe Tippens, Jane McLelland or Jim Gordon.


Clinical Studies:
Anti-cancer activities of pH- or heat-modified pectin


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