Shakeology Ingredients – Apple Pectin Powder
Apple Pectin Powder is one of the many healthy Shakeology ingredients that makes this popular meal replacement shake so effective.
What is Apple Pectin Powder?
Pectin is a structural heteropolysaccharide (essentially any of a group of white, amorphous, complex carbohydrates) contained in the primary cell walls of apples, as well as other terrestrial plants.
Apple Pectin Powder Health Benefits
Apple pectin is a water-soluble fiber that helps maintain glucose and cholesterol levels which are already within normal range by creating a ‘buffer’ to slow digestion of normal food and smooth out blood sugar spikes. Because of this unique property, apple pectin is often used to help people manage diabetes and keep blood glucose levels normalized.
When included in the diets of humans and lab animals, apple pectin has also been shown to increase the excretion of lipids, cholesterol and bile acids, as well as to reduce serum cholesterol levels. Pectins work by binding with bile acids, thereby decreasing cholesterol and fat absorption as food travels through the digestive tract.
Research in Japan has found that apple pectin can decrease the chances of malignant colon disease. Apple Pectin helps maintain intestinal balance by cleansing the intestinal tract with its soluble and insoluble fibers, and the supplement also tends to increase acidity in the large intestines. It is therefore recommended for those suffering from ulcers or colitis and for regulating blood pressure.
Pectin is also said to be effective in causing regressions in, and prevention of, gallstones. There is also evidence that the regular use of apple pectin may lessen the severity of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and even prevent poisoning caused by lead, strontium, and other heavy metals.
Taking pectin by mouth appears to lower cholesterol. Taking apple pectin alongside guar gum and small amounts of insoluble fiber has shown to lower ‘bad’ low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, although it does not increase levels of ‘good’ high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol or triglycerides. Some people apply pectin to the skin to protect raw or ulcerated mouth and throat sores, although this is not an official use of pectin as noted by the Food and Drug Administration.
- Apple Pectin Powder in Shakeology – Each Shakeology shake contains 250 mg of Apple Pectin Powder.
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