Aug 22 at 6:06pm by Aileen
A new study from the University of Georgia Cancer Center reports that the fruit and vegetable fiber known as pectin actually kills prostate cancer cells.
“What this paper shows is that if you take human prostate cancer cells and add pectin, you can induce programmed cell death,” said Mohnen, a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology. “If you do the same with non-cancerous cells, cell death doesn’t occur.”
Most home gardeners and canners are familiar with pectin, using commercial concentrations usually derived from citrus peels, apples, crabapples as additives to set jellies, compotes and jams to desired consistency. Pectin is naturally abundant in fruits and vegetables as well as algaes and seaweed.