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Citrus Pectin May Protect Arteries

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The plaque that causes atherosclerosis results from an inflammatory reaction that results in the formation of scar tissue inside blood vessels, a process known as vascular fibrosis. Researchers have now discovered that a compound derived from citrus pectin can interrupt this inflammatory fibrotic process. Pectin is a plant-derived soluble fiber that is used to stiffen jellies and jams. It is found in the white pith just beneath citrus peels.

[Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology: Journal of the American Heart Association,online Nov. 1, 2012]

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What about all the info out there that grapefruit interferes with the therapeutic effects of many drugs? Is there a safe time to eat grapefruit (which I love but have stopped taking due to this) in relation to the medications I use? Atenolol, Singulair, ASA, inhaled Sprivea and Flovent. Numerous herbal and nutritional supplements. Please advise!

I was wondering if you have any info. on pectin helping to lower cholesterol? I have been putting certo in a 48 oz. bottle of welch's light grape juice for at least 3 years and my cholesterol level has stayed pretty normal. what can you tell me about pectin and cholesterol if anything, many thanks c.c. in baltimore.

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