If you have high cholesterol and have looked into how to lower it without medication, you may have come across the health benefits of pectin. Though best-known as an ingredient in jams and jellies, the substance can lower your cholesterol, protect against cancer, halt diarrhea, and much more.

1. What is Pectin?

Pectin is a naturally occurring substance found in berries, apples, and citrus fruits. The fiber of these fruits is used in preserves and medicine. Pectin has been used in the past for such diverse practices as stopping diarrhea, thickening food, and even as a denture adhesive.

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