Modified Citrus Pectin (Pectosol-C®, MCP)
Modified citrus pectin (MCP) is derived from the pectin, or polysaccharides, from plant cell walls of especially citrus fruits (i.e. lemons, oranges, and grapefruits) and apples. Although pectins are not digestible by humans, they can be modified in order to increase absorption.
Laboratory and animal studies have shown that MCP has anticancer properties. This is why MCP is often used for preventing metastasis in cancer patients. There is also some evidence from human studies that MCP is effective in treating diarrhea and in lowering cholesterol. One likely mechanism that allows this product to lower cholesterol is likely through chelation, or binding and elimination of heavy metals. According to a clinic trial our clinic was a part of called the TACT (Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy) trial, chelation can reduce risk of cardiovascular events. So not only is this nutritional supplement good for cancer, diarrhea, and cholesterol, it also has some benefits for supporting cardiovascular health, immune system modulation, detoxification, kidney function, vascular function, fibrotic conditions and reducing inflammation. The main mechanism by which MCP has such broad therapeutic effects is through lowering an inflammatory blood serum marker called Galectin-3. Dr. Isaac Eliaz, a world renowned researcher on Galectin-3 and modified citrus pectin, believes this supplement is the single most important supplement for prevention and treatment of disease.
This supplement should not be taken with a cholesterol-lowering medication called Lovastatin/Mevacor or certain supplements (i.e. carotenoids and tocopherols).
If you’re interested in purchasing this supplement, you can call our office at 856-424-8222.
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Methylated Folate (AKA 5-methyltetrahydrofolate)
Folate, one of our B vitamins, specifically Vitamin B9, is one of 13 essential vitamins. A derivative of folate called L-methylfolate, is actually the active form of the vitamin. Some estimate that as many as 40% of people have a genetic mutation on their methyltetrahydrofolate receptor (MTHFR), which is the gene that allows us to active the folate from the food in our diets.
Folate is naturally high in foods like spinach, broccoli, lettuce, okra, asparagus, bananas, melons, and lemons, and legumes, mushrooms, and animal proteins (i.e. beef liver and kidney). Starting in 1998, the United State government required folic acid fortification of all cold cereals, breads and flours in order to prevent neural tube birth defects. Even if we consume these foods, if we have a genetic mutation in one of the MTHFR genes, our bodies are not able to activate the folic acid from our diets. For some, it can lead to significant medical imbalances.
A prescription form of L-methylfolate available as DEPLIN® is used for depression, since L-methylfolate plays a critical role in regulating the synthesis of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. Other medical issues that can potentially be improved with supplementation of L-methylfolate due to defects in the MTHFR mutation include ADHD, autism, methotrexate toxicity, end-stage renal disease, age-related macular degeneration, hypertension, vitiligo, pregnancy-related gingivitis. Clinically, we’ve also found supplementation with L-methylfolate to be helpful in anxiety, detoxification, peripheral neuropathy, and gout to name a few.
Currently, we are offering a L-methylfolate at a significantly discounted rate (for a limited time, while supplies last)! Contact us at 856-424-8222 or stop in to take advantage of this amazingly beneficial supplement at a special rate.
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Originally from Hammonton, New Jersey, Dr. Kyle Meyer he moved to Atlanta, GA where he recently completed his 2-year residency after graduating from naturopathic medical education in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Meyer attended National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, Oregon for 4 years where he received a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree and a certificate in Shiatsu massage. Before attending naturopathic medical school, Dr. Meyer earned his undergraduate degree from Albright College in Biology, Business, Pre-Med.
Dr. Meyer’s goals are to provide patients with the resources to attain health through the use of physical medicine, exercise, herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, and pain education. After his patients recover from their health imbalance, his goal is to educate others on how to maintain health using diet, exercise, lifestyle, natural remedies and food as medicine. When he isn’t aiding patients on their road to health, you can find him at sporting events, concerts, or hiking with his chocolate Labrador and his wife.
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