Santa Rosa, CA - August 4, 2008 - EcoNugenics announced today that PectaSol, a natural supplement containing modified citrus pectin (MCP) made from citrus peel, provides a safe, natural antidote for lead toxicity in children. The study reported that MCP (PectaSol, EcoNugenics, www.econugenics.com) significantly decreased lead levels in children (ages 5 to 12) who suffered from severe lead poisoning.
The clinical research was conducted at Children's Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Republic of China. This research was a collaborative effort with Northern California's EcoNugenics, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the Chinese Medical Children’s Hospital researchers. The study was published in the July/August 2008 issue of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, a peer-reviewed publication.
The major finding of the study shows that PectaSol is the first oral chelator that has been proven to be safe and effective in reducing heavy metal toxicity in children, without depleting the essential minerals from the body. As a matter of fact, no adverse effects were observed.
"Children are the most vulnerable to the long lasting health effects of lead exposure, said Isaac Eliaz, M.D., L.Ac., M.S., principal investigator of the study. "They are in urgent need of a safe effective heavy metal chelating agent to overcome the heavy metals and lead exposure challenges they face. This study confirms that there is a safe option for them that will help promote their good health."
How does it work?
The soluble fiber molecules have been modified to selectively bind to toxins by unique carbohydrates with a strong binding affinity forming a stable complex which is then excreted by the body.
Increased public awareness has helped reduce the prevalence of lead poisoning in the United States. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that about 310,000 children below the age of five have higher-than-desirable blood lead levels in this country, alone. Lead poisoning among children is especially high in overly industrialized areas and communities with older homes around the globe. It is also very high in some developing countries.
The Evolution of Chelation Therapy
Historically, one method for treating lead poisoning has been "chelation," which involves using a compound that binds with the metal, making it easier to remove from the body. However, the synthetic compounds that have been used in the past, for this purpose, can have severe side effects. Synthetic compounds can also bind to essential minerals in the body, and can do more harm than good by redistributing the toxins, making them a risk for use in children.
The result of this new study brings over a decade of research and development to fruition at EcoNugenics. In an earlier study published in Phytotherapy Research, July 2006, PectaSol was proven to be a safe, effective alternative for healthy people. The study showed that it selectively binds to heavy metals, rather than essential minerals, and can be administered orally. This study also enlisted the help of USDA-ARS pectin scientists to understand the molecular mechanism of PectaSol binding to heavy metals.
Research has also confirmed the dramatic effects of PectaSol in removing toxins from the body of adults who are suffering from chronic health conditions. A clinical case study report on five people, each, with a different condition was conducted and published in Forschende Komplementarmedizin (Research in Complementary Medicine) December/January 2008. This is an international medical peer reviewed journal. The study demonstrated that each health condition: prostate cancer, depression, IBS, adrenal fatigue and allergies was significantly improved and each improved condition correlated with a dramatic decrease of lead and mercury in the person's body. These above studies along with a study which demonstrated the safe and efficacious long term use on lowering the body burden of mercury round out the research on this innovative safe natural chelating compound.
EcoNugenics, Inc. was founded in 1995 with a commitment to offering dietary supplements and nutraceuticals based on the best of modern science integrated with the ancient wisdom of traditional and complementary therapies. The company is committed to five basic principles, which include: innovation in product formulation, thorough scientific research, ongoing clinical validation, customer education, empowerment and superior quality control. For more information log onto www.econugenics.com.
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