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Pectin May Help Prevent Spread of Cancer

Scientists have found a new possible explanation for why people who eat more fruit and vegetables may gain protection against the spread of cancers. They have shown that a fragment released from pectin, found in all fruits and vegetables, binds to and is believed to inhibit galectin 3 (Gal3), a protein that plays a role in all stages of cancer progression. Pectin is better known for its jam-setting qualities and as being a component of dietary fiber.

The supplement store at Institute for Progressive Medicine offers pectin in both powder and encapsulated forms.

Source: Recognition of galactan components of pectin by galectin-3.

Nutrients for Blood Sugar Control

In a recent study, use of both benfothiamine (a fat soluble form of vitamin B-1) and alpha-lipoic acid in subjects with Type 1 diabetes, showed a significant decrease in 3 different indicators of hyperglycemia.

The supplement store at Institute for Progressive Medicine offers benfothiamine in combination with the amino acid carmine for additional neuroprotection. We also carry alpha lipoic acid in a stable, time release formula to help maintain high blood levels of this powerful antioxidant.

Source: Oral benfotiamine plus ?-lipoic acid normalises complication-causing pathways in type 1 diabetes.


The Health Benefits of Grapes

A new study gives interesting clues to the potential of grapes in reducing cardiovascular risk. The effect is thought to be due to the high level of phytochemicals – naturally occurring antioxidants – that grapes contain.Says Mitchell Seymour, M.S., who led the research at Michigan State University, “These findings support our theory that something within the grapes themselves has a direct impact on cardiovascular risk, beyond the simple blood pressure-lowering impact that we already know can come from a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.”

Steven Bolling, M.D., who is a professor of cardiac surgery at the U-M Medical School, says, “The inevitable downhill sequence to hypertension and heart failure was changed by the addition of grape powder to a high-salt diet,” he says.

Source: Chronic intake of a phytochemical-enriched diet reduces cardiac fibrosis and diastolic dysfunction caused by prolonged salt-sensitive hypertension.


What did the grape say when it got squished? Nothing. It just let out a little wine.

Pancreatic cancer cell lines were evaluated using resveratrol, the powerful polyphenol found in grapes and red wine, and ionizing radiation (IR). Those cells treated with resveratrol demonstrated increased apoptotic activity than those cells treated only with IR.

Our resveratrol formula, Resveraguard, is standardized to contain 50% resveratrol and includes the bioflavanoid, quercitin.

Source: Anti-cancer effect of resveratrol is associated with induction of apoptosis via a mitochondrial pathway alignment.

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