Discovery and history of pectin





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The history of pectin began in the late 18th century, when in 1790 French chemist Louis Nicolas Vauquelin, exploring vegetable products, extracted from fruit juice a substance that had gelling properties. Forty years later  Anri Brakonno named it pectic acid (from Greek language  “pektos” – “congealed, curdled”).​


Louis Nicolas Vauquelin                               Anri Brakonno

In 1937 two scientists Schneider and Bock first established the structure formula of pectin, but its industrial production started only in the second half of the 20th century.

Structure formula of pectin established by Schneider and Bock

There are many types of pectin such as sugar beet pectin, apple pectin, citrus pectin, etc. All types of pectin have numerous beneficial health effects; one of the most significant of them is that it is highly effective for body detoxification. Sugar beet pectin among other types has the strongest detoxifying properties. Japanese scientists admit that sugar beet pectin is the most effective for detoxification. It effectively eliminates heavy metals, pesticides, nitrates, radionuclides and other poisonous substances from the body. That’s why pectin is called by many doctors “a gift of nature”.

At hazardous working conditions, the application of pectin by workers significantly reduces the development of   occupational diseases. In this regard, USSR Ministry of Health in 1968 legislatively assigned the application of pectin preparations and food rich in pectin to workers of factories and plants with unhealthy working conditions. In 1979 pectin was approved by the chief state sanitary doctor of the USSR as a highly essential nunticient.

In Ukraine pectin detox health supplements are widely recommended by doctors and used by population at regular application  for reducing the negative health effects from environmental pollution. The most popular of them is PECTIN COMPLEX, which has the unique formula and consists of sugar beet pectin, apple pectin and a powerful vitamin complex. PECTIN COMPLEX is officially recommended for wide use by the decree of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine # 887 from the 30th of November, 2009  for the population, including little children and pregnant, breastfeeding women  who live in the ecologically disadvantaged regions for prevention of environmentally dependent diseases. 

Nowadays the production of pectin is highly developed in the world and pectin is widely used in different industries. For example, highly purified medical grade sugar beet pectin and apple pectin are used in medicine as a natural effective body detoxifiers. Other types of pectin are  widely used as a natural food additives and belong to the class of food consistency improvers: stabilizers, thickeners and gelatinizators.

WHO recommends to add pectin to a daily diet due to its properties to cleanse the body, regulate functions  of digestive system and improve peristalsis, to prevent cardiovascular diseases while reducing the level of “bad” cholesterol, to improve fat and carbohydrate metabolism and prevent diabetes.

Add pectin to your diet and be healthy!




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