Why Pectin not gelatin?
Gelatin is a processed protein from collagen, extracted from the hides and bones of animals. Gelatin is a byproduct of the meat industry, and is not widely available naturally. It’s animal source means it has limitations to consumers who seek a vegetarian, vegan or even a halal alternative.
The natural, plant based pectin we use in our gummies are all of those things, providing that much needed alternative to gelatin. That allows us to create delicious gummies, which are both vegetarian, vegan and halal.
What are the health benefits of Pectin?
As well as being friendly to a wide demographic of consumers, the use of pectin brings a host of health benefits packed into each delicious gummy:
A source of vegetarian fiberCitrus peel is the most used source of pectin, making it a rich source of fibre for those people who eat well below an adults daily recommendation of 30g per day. Infact most people eat as little as 18g of fibre. In itself fibre can help with good digestive health, reduce your risk of heart disease, and also help with weight control making it a crucial component of your diet.
A prebiotic & a probioticPrebiotics and probiotics boost your immune system as they enhance your ability to absorb important nutrients and trace minerals from the foods we eat. Pectin is a prebiotic, meaning it enhances dietary mineral absorption which effectively helps to lower the pH in the gut, which in turn prevents binding of pathogenic bacteria to digestive tract. It also helps to supports growth of good bacteria and provides protection against serious bacterial and fungal infections.
Lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) levelsStudies show that Pectin could help with the promotion of healthy cholesterol levels. One study published in the "European Journal of Clinical Nutrition" (May 2012) shows the results when a group of participants were invited to consume 15 grams of apple or citrus pectin daily with food for four weeks. The results showed, on average, a 7-10% reduction in bad form of cholesterol (LDL) amongst the participating group. In fact another trial showed that taking even 6 grams of citrus pectin daily for three weeks resulted in a 6-7% decrease in LDL.
Stabilizes blood glucose levelsBeing a good source of soluble fibre, pectin can help stabilize your blood glucose level. Since this type of fiber slows digestion and delays stomach emptying it also slows down how rapidly your body absorbs carbohydrates, keeping your glucose levels more stable.
May Prevent Colon CancerSome researchers have concluded that pectin and substances resulting from the breakdown of pectin may protect against colon cancer. In one test tube study published in a 2003 issue of the journal "Anti-Cancer Research.", scientists tested the effects of pectin on human colon cancer cells and found it inhibits tumor growth.