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Research article

Nutrition to Fight Lead Poisoning

By Robert J. Taylor, additional references sourced by Elizabeth O’Brien, Edited by Anne Roberts,
Photos by Catherine Sweeny. A Fact Sheet version of this Research Article can be found at www.lead.org.au/fs/Fact_sheet-Nutrients_that_reduce_lead_poisoning_June_2010.pdf

Pectin According to Wikipedia, “[Pectin] is produced commercially as a white to light brown powder, mainly extracted from citrus fruits, and is used in food as a gelling agent particularly in jams and jellies. It is also used in fillings, sweets, as a stabilizer in fruit juices and milk drinks and as a source of dietary fiber.” Wikipedia also gives the following concentrations of pectin in foods: Apples (1–1.5%), carrots (1.4%) apricot (1%), quince, plums, gooseberries, oranges (0.5–3.5%) and other citrus fruits (citrus peels 30%) contain much pectin, while soft fruits like cherries (0.4%), grapes and strawberries contain little pectin. 


Pectin: is contained in the following fruit. Rear row; pink grape fruit, lemon, orange, apple Front row: Kiwi fruit, plums, carrots, mandarin marmalade

Pectin prophylaxis has been used to increase lead elimination in both children and adults. However, there has been some criticism of recent studies and claims, though these do not refute the base claim that there are some impacts on lead excretion from pectin. It should be noted that pectin interferes with Vitamin C and B12 absorption.

  1. Dr Isaac Eliaz: With the Seasons AUGUST NEWSLETTER [2008], Dr Isaac Eliaz at www.dreddyclinic.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=11192 –[Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) study on 7 lead poisoned Chinese children who in a 4-week trial all showed a reduction in blood lead level from above to below 20 micrograms per decilitre (ug/dL).]
  2. The prophylactic use of pectin in chronic lead exposure in industry [ABSTRACT only in English, original article is in Russian]  [Elimination of lead from lead acid battery workers was found to be on the increase after intake of pectin-vitamin preparation.]
  3. Is Modified Citrus Pectin an Effective Mobilizer of Heavy Metals in Humans? Walter J. Crinnion, ND Alternative Medicine Review Volume 13, Number 4 2008 www.thorne.com/altmedrev/.fulltext/13/4/283.pdf [A questioning of some research into pectin]
  4. The Business of Chelation Smart publications www.smart-publications.com/heart_attacks/business_of_chelation.php [A strongly worded though not well referenced look at the promotion of different types of chelation including pectin]

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