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Apple pectin is a compound found in apples. Many other fruits also contain pectin, although apples contain very high concentrations of this compound. Cooks may be familiar with pectin because it is used in jams and jellies to help them set, but it also has a number of health benefits. People can consume apples for their pectin or take apple pectin supplements, available through health food stores and in the vitamin and supplement aisle at some grocery stores.
Pectin's primary use is as a treatment for digestive disorders. It is high in fiber and can be used to regulate bowel movements. People with diarrhea may take apple pectin to firm the stool and reduce some of the inflammationassociated with loose stool. Conversely, apple pectin can also help move things along for people experiencing constipation. Consuming apples on a regular basis can help people with a history of digestive problems regulate their bowels and prevent flareups.
In addition to regulating bowel movements, apple pectin can also be helpful for people with colitis, irritable bowel disease, and other digestive disorders. High fiber foods tend to increase activity in the intestines, which can provide numerous benefits. A doctor may recommend apples or apple pectin as a low cost way of managing intestinal conditions. Pectin can also be taken in association with medications such as bowel protectants and in fact, some medications to treat bowel disorders already contain apple pectin.
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