The research on Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) continues to grow, highlighting its powerful benefits against inflammation and the protein galectin-3 -- a culprit in heart disease, cancer, inflammation and fibrosis. In this powerful new study, published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology: Journal of the American Heart Association, MCP blocked galectin-3 and reduced the inflammation, blood pressure, fibrosis and aortic wall thickness associated with vascular hardening and cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, MCP out-performed the pharmaceutical drug sprironolactone, safely without toxicity. Click here to read more about the study.
We eat for a number of reasons -- because we’re hungry, because we have a craving, or maybe because we are emotional or bored. But how often do we eat therapeutically? Despite truisms like “you are what you eat,” most of us have a disconnect between what we ingest and how that food affects our bodies. The ongoing news about heart disease, type 2 diabetes and the obesity epidemic all testify to that disconnect.
Finding motivation to follow a health program is not always easy. In this article, I share insights and advice on how to energize your healing path, using Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophies and mind-body practices.
Normally, galectin-3 is found in small amounts in our bodies. But scientific research shows that higher than average levels of this molecule can indicate the presence of a wide array of serious health concerns. Therefore, reducing the harmful effects of galectin-3 is critically important in maintaining health and longevity.
The National Institutes of Health recently stopped a clinical trial a year and a half early because the drug under investigation did not positively affect heart health. The drug Niaspan, which works to increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol), was studied to see how it affected those living with cardiovascular conditions who were already on statins.
Summer vacations and traveling adventures can do wonders for your heart, mind and spirit, but they can also take a toll on your physical health if you’re not careful. Many travelers understand first-hand the unfortunate risks to digestive health that often “come with the territory,” so to speak.
I recently shared the latest news in the prevention and treatment of cancer at the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) Integrative Oncology Fellowship. The June 2011 event held in Las Vegas, Nevada brought together some of the world’s leading medical experts to educate physicians, health practitioners and scientists on advancements in the fields of integrative medicine and cancer care.
Folate, also known as folic acid, is an essential B vitamin that everyone needs, but not everyone gets enough of. Folate is the natural form found in leafy green vegetables and other types of whole foods such as legumes, bananas and eggs, whereas folic acid is the synthetic form of vitamin B that is added to foods and nutritional supplements.
A recent study from Harvard University shows the health benefits of tai chi, especially for those with heart conditions that prevent them from engaging in rigorous physical exercise. Tai chi is a Chinese form of martial arts that focuses on soft, slow movements and requires concentration on poses, physical posture and alignment.
In a new important research study out of the UK, scientists found that Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) of the correct molecular weight interrupts deadly kidney fibrosis by binding to and blocking galectin-3 molecules. By disabling the galectin-3 molecules, MCP decreased the effects of inflammation and fibrosis in a kidney injury model.