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The Beneficial Elements of Citrus Pith
Have you heard of MCP? Modified citrus pectin (MCP), otherwise known as the white part, or pith, of citrus fruits, is powerful Ayurvedic medicine for the heart and your lymphatic and circulatory systems.
While training in India, I remember drying lemon, orange, and pomegranate peels and then scraping off the pith to make a medicinal white powder.
Modern science has now confirmed this ancient Ayurvedic wisdom! Research shows that a patented micronised purified flavonoid fraction (MPFF) derived from the white pith of lemons and oranges can help relieve symptoms of poor lymphatic circulation, including cellulite, ankle swelling, poor circulation, cold hands and feet, broken blood vessels, and hemorrhoids.
MPFF contains 90 percent diosmin, and 10 percent hesperidin, both bioflavonoids found naturally in citrus fruit. This ratio is the same ratio of diosmin and hesperidin in our LifeSpa formula for supporting healthy veins and microcirculation, called Lymph Vein HP.
These bioflavonoids, a class of phytochemicals, affect hemorrhoids, cellulite, blood sugar, venous tone, ankle swelling, lymphatic drainage, and capillary breakage by protecting the body’s lymphatic microcirculation from the ravages of inflammation.
Diosmin, Hesperidin, and Hemorrhoids
These potent pith chemicals can have quick results. In one study, researchers gave participants 2 450 mg tablets of purified diosmin for 7 days, then 1 tablet for up to 2 months and found that it decreased both pain and bleeding by 79 percent and 67 percent after the first week, respectively. In the second week, figures were 98 percent and 86 percent, respectively.
In 2 randomized, double-blind, 2-month studies, when compared with placebo, taking 500 mg of micronized diosmin and hesperidin in a 9:1 ratio twice daily significantly decreased ankle or calf circumference (a symptom of swelling) and improved many symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency and poor lymphatic flow.
Positive results extend to hemorrhoid help as well. When compared with a placebo in another study, 3 tablets of 500 mg of MPFF twice daily for 4 days, followed by 2 tablets of MPFF 500mg, twice daily for 3 days, improved the duration and intensity of some acute internal hemorrhoids.
While 2 tablets of MPFF 500 mg daily for 60 or 83 days improved the overall symptoms of chronic (recurrent) hemorrhoids compared with a placebo.
Compared with a control group, MPFF also significantly reduced the risk of secondary bleeding after elective hemorrhoidectomy. In clinical trials, MPFF had a tolerability profile similar to that of a placebo.
In an open study on hospital outpatients, pregnant women with hemorrhoids were given therapy with micronized diosmin and hesperidin in a 9:1 ratio for 8 weeks before delivery and 4 weeks after delivery. Of the study participants, 66 percent had relief from acute hemorrhoidal symptoms by the fourth day, while 53.6 percent fewer patients had a relapse after delivery. Treatment was well accepted, and did not affect pregnancy, fetal development, birth weight, infant growth, or feeding.
Diosmin and hesperidin fundamentally help maintain the structure and function of the lymphatic and circulatory systems, especially vein strength and competence.
Microcirculation and lymph congestion can compromise healthy venous drainage in the legs as well as cause build-up of poorly circulated fat in the form of cellulite.
Lymph and Rasayana
Restoring healthy lymphatic circulation is the first therapy considered in any Ayurvedic evaluation. The study of lymph in Ayurveda is called rasayana, also known as the study of longevity.
So, to support healthy lymph circulation (which is connected to such annoyances as hemorrhoids, swollen ankles, cellulite, and varicose veins), eat those pithy white citrus parts or get them super-powered in LifeSpa’s Lymph Vein HP.