Integrative medicine and the role of modified citrus pectin/alginates in heavy metal chelation and detoxification--five case reports

Forsch Komplementmed. 2007 Dec;14(6):358-64. doi: 10.1159/000109829. Epub 2007 Dec 12.


Heavy metal body burden can contribute to chronic disease, as well as interfere with the body's capacity to recover from illness. The five case studies presented here show that reduction in toxic heavy metals (74% average decrease) was achieved without side effects, with the use of PectaSol modified citrus pectin (MCP) (EcoNugenics; Santa Rosa, CA, USA) alone or with an MCP/alginates combination. The gradual decrease of total body heavy metal burden is believed to have played an important role in each patient's recovery and health maintenance. This is the first known documentation of evidence of such results in a clinical report of case studies with possible correlation between clinical outcome and a reduction in toxic heavy metal load in patients using MCP and/or an MCP/alginate complex.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Alginates / therapeutic use
  • Antidiarrheals / therapeutic use
  • Chelation Therapy / methods*
  • Citrus / chemistry*
  • Complementary Therapies / methods
  • Female
  • Glucuronic Acid / therapeutic use
  • Hemostatics / therapeutic use
  • Hexuronic Acids / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Laminaria / chemistry
  • Lead / metabolism*
  • Lead / urine
  • Male
  • Mercury / metabolism*
  • Mercury / urine
  • Middle Aged
  • Pectins / therapeutic use*
  • Plant Extracts / administration & dosage
  • Plant Extracts / pharmacology*


  • Alginates
  • Antidiarrheals
  • Hemostatics
  • Hexuronic Acids
  • Plant Extracts
  • Lead
  • Pectins
  • Glucuronic Acid
  • Mercury