This Canning Ingredient Might Help You Survive Cancer.
The secret is in a canning ingredient that you may have Used to preserve jams. It's Simple pectin. When most people think of "pectin," they think of the thickening agent used in canning. But whether you enjoy making jam or not, you've probably never given much thought to what pectin actually is or where it comes from. Pectin is a type of carbohydrate that can be found in the inner cell walls of most plants. It's essentially abundant in the peel and pulp of citrus fruits. However, the pectin found there is hard for us to absorb (there's a reason we peel these fruits). So scientists have found a way to make it easier for our bodies to break the pectin down and absorb it. These shorter, more soluble fibers are known as modified citrus pectin, or MCP.
Beyond being a good source of fiber, MCP doesn't offer much in the way of nutrition. But that doesn't mean it isn't good for us. In fact, MCP can be enormously helpful in a cancer fight, for two main reasons. Let me explain how it works.
You may or may not have heard of a cell signaling protein called galectin-3. Galectins are sticky, so they can cause cells to group together. And these proteins, which are commonly found in epithelial and immune cells, are linked to cancer growth and metastasis. In fact, a study from the Karmanos Cancer Institute at Wayne State University linked galectin-3 to a number of negative cancer characteristics, including aggressiveness, growth, dissemination of cancer cells through the bloodstream, and tumor growth. The study also found that galectin-3 may help cancer cells live longer. Researchers at Canada's University of Alberta linked high levels of galectins in the bloodstream to increased rates of breast and prostate cancer as well as melanoma. Galectin-3 is also heavily linked to chronic and acute inflammation and pro-inflammatory diseases, including kidney fibrosis, liver failure, allergies, autoimmune disease, atherosclerosis, and arthritis.
The good news is that MCP can help break up galectin-3's party. When galectin-3 attaches to a cancer cell, MCP can recognize it and stick to it. This makes it hard for the galectin to clump up and contribute to cancer growth. In essence, this inactivates the protein and can halt disease progression in its tracks.
Galectin isn't the only cell signaling protein that plays a role in cancer progression, and it's also not the only cell signaling process that MCP is able to interrupt.
A number of studies have found that MCP can jam cancer cell signaling processes while allowing healthy cells to continue to communicate with one another. Rendering these cancer-promoting cells inert also makes them easier targets for the immune system.
Another contributor to cancer risk are heavy metals lurking throughout the body. We can accumulate these toxins in very small doses by breathing in polluted air, drinking unfiltered water, using harsh cleaning products, eating some types of seafood, and even being exposed to dental materials. Various products like antiperspirants may also contain trace amounts of heavy metals. Once these metals, like lead or cadmium, get into the body, they're very hard to get out, so even if you are only absorbing trace amounts at a time, after decades of such exposure, you could have quite the burden.
As these toxic heavy metals take up residence in your body, they can cause a number of problems. These metals can suppress your immune system and contribute to genetic mutations, which can in turn drive cancer growth. So you want to get them out of your system as quickly as possible (in addition, of course, to minimizing your exposure to them in the first place by avoiding pollution and consumer products made with dangerous ingredients).
As I said, it's hard for the body to remove these toxic metals on its own. But MCP can help. MCP acts as a chelating agent, meaning that it binds to heavy metals. The body recognizes this substance as something it needs to flush out. As the body flushes the MCP, the heavy metals go with it.
A study conducted at California's Amitabha Medical Clinic and Healing Center reveals the efficacy of MCP as a chelating agent. The researchers gave 15 healthy participants 15 grams of MCP for five days and 20 grams on day six. They took urine samples and tested them for heavy metals at the end of day one and the end of day six.
After just 24 hours, the participants' arsenic excretion had increased by 130%. By day six, cadmium excretion had increased 150% over day one, and lead excretion increased by a huge 560%. The researchers also tested the patients' levels of essential minerals like zinc, magnesium, and calcium, and found that the chelation process did not affect them. It seems that MCP is able to distinguish between the good guys and the bad guys. And these results were in healthy people--imagine what MCP chelation could do for people whose heavy metal burden has started to make them unwell!
The benefits of MCP don't end there. Other research had found that MCP can help the immune system ramp up to fight leukemia cells. It can induce apoptosis (cell death) in cancer cells and inhibit proliferation and metastasis. It also works synergistically with chemotherapy and radiation treatments, helping them work more effectively. In fact, a study conducted at Tel Aviv Medical Center in Israel found that MCP could make aggressive androgen-independent prostate cancer cells more vulnerable to radiation treatments. I know my female readers don't have prostates to worry about. But most of you have loved ones who do. And this study provides a great example of how powerful MCP can be.
When cancer cells become radio-resistant, radiation therapy becomes much less effective. This study found that MCP can increase the radio-sensitivity of these cells. And that's not all. The researchers first tested the effects of MCP on prostate cancer cell lines. With just the MCP, cell viability decreased quite a bit. That's impressive on its own. But the magic really happened when MCP was combined with the radiation treatment. This reduced cell migration by 20% and cell invasion by 40%. This is great news for patients whose cancer isn't responding well to radiation treatments. No one wants to undergo such an intense therapy only for it to be minimally effective.
Clearly, MCP has numerous benefits for cancer patients. I frequently recommend it, and if you or a loved one is fighting cancer, I strongly recommend talking to your doctor about adding it to your arsenal. The form I prefer is PectaSol Detox Formula, which you can order by calling 800-791-3395 (don't forget to give the special offer code WH2318). You can take it daily even if you aren't fighting cancer to support your body's natural detoxification processes. It's always better to be moving heavy metals out before they can accumulate, so if you live in a polluted area or just suspect your heavy metal load is high, I recommend giving it a try. Cancer patients can use the same formula, just at a higher dose. Many experts recommend a minimum of 1 teaspoon (5 g) three times a day. To get 5 grams of MCP, you'd have to take 20 capsules of our PectaSol Detox Formula. If you prefer to buy the powder in bulk, you can do so from www.EcoNugenics.com. It comes with a 5 gram scoop.
Many factors allow cancer to grow and spread throughout the body. MCP can help fight some of these and is a well-tolerated, naturally based ally if you find yourself in this war.
How to Keep Salt From Raising Your Blood Pressure
You have probably heard that eating a high-salt diet contributes to high blood pressure. But it doesn't have to. That's because there's a way to prevent salt from causing your blood pressure to go up.
You might be surprised to learn that a major reason this mineral affects your blood pressure is the effect it's having in your gut.
Yes, your gut bacteria is involved again. In recent years, study after study has linked gut bacteria to nearly every aspect of our health imaginable. And this research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has yet another contribution to make. The researchers started off working with mice and then moved on to humans for a study they published in the journal Nature. They found that in both mice and humans, eating too much salt lowers levels of a certain type of friendly bacteria. So why does this matter? It turns out that these bacteria help keep pro-inflammatory immune cells called Th-17 cells in check. And Th-17 cells contribute to hypertension. So it seems that excess salt kickstarts a process that ultimately causes our immune systems to work against us.
In the study, the researchers bumped the mice's diets from 0.5% sodium chloride to 4%, leading to a drop in beneficial bacteria and a corresponding increase in Th-17 cells. They tried the experiment again in 12 human participants, adding 6,000 mg of salt to their diets every day for two weeks. Sure enough, friendly bacteria went down and Th-17 cells went up.
The good news is that for both the mice and the human subjects, taking a probiotic helped restore levels of beneficial bacteria, reduce Th-17 cells, and limit hypertension increases. While you shouldn't use a probiotic as an excuse to consume a high-salt diet, taking a probiotic is a great tool for good health, including helping protect you from high blood pressure. Advanced Probiotic Formula (800-791-3395) is one of my favorite options and will help keep both your digestive and your immune systems running smoothly.
Nicola Wilck, Mariana G. Matus, Sean M. Kearney, Scott W. Olesen, Kristoffer Forslund, Hendrik Bartolomaeus, Stefanie Haase, Anja Mahler, Andras Balogh, Lajos Marko, Olga Vvedenskaya, Friedrich H. Kleiner, Dmitry Tsvetkov, Lars Klug, Paul I. Costea, Shinichi Sunagawa, Lisa Maier, Natalia Rakova, Valentin Schatz, Patrick Neubert, Christian Fratzer, Alexander Krannich, Maik Gollasch, Diana A. Grohme, Beatriz F. Corte-Real, Roman G. Gerlach, Marijana Basic, Athanasios Typas, Chuan Wu, Jens M. Titze, Jonathan Jantsch, Michael Boschmann, Ralf Dechend, Markus Kleinewietfeld, Stefan Kempa, Peer Bork, Ralf A. Linker, Eric J. Aim, Dominik N. Muller. Salt-responsive gut commensal modulates TH[17 axis and disease. Nature, 2017; DOI: 10.1038/nature24628.
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|Date:||Feb 1, 2018|
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