Glyconutrients, What you NEED to KNOW

May 10, 2010 at 3:44 pm Leave a comment

The Evolution of a new science!

By 1970 glycobiology was becoming a recognized science and 500 papers on the subject had been published. By 1980 that number had grown to 1500 and by 1990, had hit 4000. That same year Oxford University in England published their Journal of Glycobiology.

By 1992 the active substance in the Aloe Vera was stabilized and it turned out to be mannose, a sugar. It took a full 40 years after the first radiation study on rabbits to find a way to give mannose a “shelf life”.

In 1994 a company, Mannatech, was established for the purpose of commercializing the discoveries being made in glycobiology and in 1996 the world’s first glyconutritional dietary supplement based on the Aloe Vera research was brought to the market. It is called Ambrotose. Check it out at Explore Mannatech.

The big discovery that gave impetus to this emerging science was in how certain cells of the immune system communicate and the role that certain glyconutrients play in cell structure and function.

“Glyconutrient” is the name given to the family of neutraceuticals based on the science of glycobiology. A nutraceutical is a nutritional supplement that has pharmaceutical properties.

While the supplement itself does not heal, in the sense that a medicine heals, it provides the body what it needs to heal itself and support specific organ or system function.

Dr. Bud Hawkins, a Las Vegas, Nevada nutritionist and advocate of glyconutrients, is often quoted as saying, “the body can build, defend, repair, regenerate, regulate, reproduce and heal itself if you give it the right tools”.

If so, why does it seem to have such a problem in doing all those things? I believe that the answer lies in the fact that we are immersed in environmental toxins, under constant stress, take too many medications, and consume food deficient in many essential nutrients, including glyconutrients. The body is not getting “the right tools” to do the job.

And that is where glyconutrients come in.

Let’s be very clear that we are not talking about the simple, refined sugar that we put in our coffee and tea or sprinkle on our cereal. We are talking about complex sugars known as polysaccharides and oligosaccharides.

In 1996 Dr. Robert Murray wrote the definitive chapter on Glycoproteins for Harper’s Biochemistry focusing on the eight sugars necessary for cellular communication.

Glyconutrients: Why do we need them?

A few more years of research and experimentation revealed that there are actually eight unique sugars that the body combines with proteins and fats to build structures (glycoproteins and glycolipids) having critical functions within the body.

These structures are commonly referred to as glycoconjugates or glycoforms.

The eight sugars we have been referring to and which have proven to have huge implications for how we heal and stay healthy are: Glucose (Glu), Galactose (Gal), Mannose (Man), Fucose (Fuc), Xylose (Xy), N-acetyl-glucosamine (GlcNAc), N-acetyl-galactosamine (GalNAc), N-acetyl-neuraminic acid (NANA).

Our bodies need all eight of these sugars but the problem is that only two, Glucose and Galactose, are abundant in our modern diets.

The rest are either missing or seriously deficient in our food supply for many reasons: green harvesting, depleted soil, chemical (toxic) damage to nutrients, food processing and the use of preservatives.

Cell-to-Cell Communication

First is that the essential sugars derived from the early research on Aloe Vera and its essential sugar, Mannose, have been combined into powder and capsule form. 

Their purpose is to provide Immune System support by maximizing inter-cellular communication.  It is the essential sugars by which cells communicate with each other. If communication breaks down, health breaks down.

Endocrine Support – Glands and Hormones

Second is that certain of the essential sugars have been combined with other natural nutrients, herbs and phytosterols to produce a supplement to support the endocrine system.

The Endocrine System is our collection of glands that produce hormones for all the regulatory functions of our body.

One hormone that everyone should be familiar with is insulin…we all know what happens when the regulation of insulin goes awry.

Antioxidant: Free Radical Protection

Third is that the essential sugars have been combined with certain Vitamins and Phytonutrients to produce a powerful antioxidant with very high ORAC numbers. ORAC is Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity and the higher the better.

Need Specific Information?
To request information on any of specific applications of commercially available glyconutrients, how to get them, and their cost, contact me today. Start taking care of your health NOW!

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I look forward to hearing from you and assisting you in achieving your goals!


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