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Just what are glyconutrients?

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Glyconutrients are a new "class" of nutrients. Just like vitamins are one class of nutrients and minerals are another. It is not very often that a discovery of a new class of nutrients comes along. Glyconutrients are special carbohydrates (monosaccharides) that provide the building blocks that enable the cells in your body to communicate effectively. These form the "name tags" of the cells so that the cells can recognize which cells are good and bad, and which cells are lacking in certain nutrients. While there are over 200 known sacharrides, Harper's Biochemistry college textbook identified 8 as essential for the cellular communication and recognition. Our company was the first ever to find a way to extract and stabilize these nutrients so that they could be put in a supplement form. Independent studies have confirmed that our manufacturer is the only glyconutrient company that actually has the 8 glyconutrients. Our company is also the only company in the world that can legally say that.

The eight known saccharides essential for healthy structured functioning cells are:

  1. Fucose (not to be mistaken for fructose)
  2. Galactose
  3. Glucose
  4. Mannose
  5. N-acetylgalactosamine (GalNAc)
  6. N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc)
  7. N-acetylneuraminic acid (Neu5Ac)
  8. Xylose

Could this be just another "new health product", or is there really valid research, studies, and science to back this new discovery?

In the past few years, there has actually been several tens of thousands of peer-reviewed papers on glycoproteins and glycolipids, the cellular glycoforms made in the body from consuming glyco nutrients. This site was designed to outline what the 8 glyconutrients are and just some of the health benefits associated with these vital nutrients. For more information on the science and research, please contact us.

Science MagazineScience Magazine, Special Issue. A publication of Stanford University for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science Magazine dedicated an entire 200-page magazine issue to educating the science and medical community about Glyconutrients, Glycobiology and Glycoscience. Carbohydrates & Glycobiology, March 23, 2001

Essential sugars work best as a team and most have overlapping functions in the body, so supplementation with essential sugars works best when they are taken in combination. When formulated together just right, the absorption of each glyconutrient is greatly enhanced. All of the 8 glyconutrients help the cells to communicate, but they also have other powerful health benefits that are unique to each one of them.

Fucose should not be confused with fructose. The fucose glyconutrien comes from honey and some fruits, provided that the fruit is picked when it is ripe and not when it is green. It is also important to eat the fruit right after picking it from the tree or bush, instead of days or weeks later. This is why those that own their own orchard and garden are usually healthier than the person who buys organic produce from the store. Besides being essential for proper cellular communications, fucose is a nutrient that has shown on its own to display natural antibacterial properties. Studies continue to find new health benefits related to this glyconutrient. Just some of the benefits discovered so far have been linked to brain development and long-term memory as well as an overactive immune system. Fucose is common in human breast milk, seaweed kelp, beer yeast, and certain specialty mushrooms.

Galactose is a biological sugar that can be found in the pectins of some fruits and vegetables. This is one nutrient that the body can actually create fairly easily if you are getting enough "lactose" in the form of your dairy products. It promotes healthy gut bacteria (microflora). Galactose is essential for proper brain development of young children and is in fact termed by some as "the brain sugar". Apples are one food that has some galactose, but spinach has nearly twice as much. Onions have nearly 4x the amount that spinach has! So make sure that you eat your onions. While I could find nothing scientific saying that getting Echinacea supplements was good, one article stated that galactose is found in slight amounts in Echinacea. In case you are lactose intolerant, you will want to make sure that you get a good dietary source of galactose from organic, home-grown fruits and vegetables, such as (listed in order from highest to lowest quantity of galactose content) pumpkin, spinach, cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, carrots, lettuce, broccoli, celery, plums, prunes, and cranberries.

Glucose is made from carbon dioxide and water through plant photosynthesis. It is important to the cells as an energy source. Without enough glucose in your body, you lose consciousness, go into a coma and eventually die. Glucose also appears to have some body-building functions as it is present in the myelin sheath and the kidney tubules. Honey, Grapes, Bananas, Cherries, Strawberries, Cocoa, Mangoes, and Aloe Vera are all good sources of this monosaccharide.

Why do many people love to use aloe vera? What is the component in aloe vera that the body loves? After years of studies on the aloe vera plant, it's "active component" was discovered to be Mannose. Mannose on its own, has been shown in laboratory studies to be an antiparasitic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal. Collagen synthesis is stimulated by mannose, which is the reason why mannose has helped out so much with skin enhancement. Biochemistry studies have shown that the chemicals that cause the body to feel achy when enduring a flu or cold, are called cytokines. Mannose has an important role in relation to cytokines. This glyconutrient is naturally found in freshly picked plants such as aloe vera, fenugreek, green beans, cranberries, gooseberries, blueberries, shiitake mushrooms, cabbage, kelp, capsicum, black and red currants, tomatoes, and turnips.

N-acetylgalactosamine (GalNAc)
N-acetylgalactosamine is a monosaccharide derivative of galactose important for boosting the immune system. Reports have shown that it may help in prevention of inflammation, removal of free radicals, formation of collagen, and in healthy joint function. It is found in shark cartilage and is a constituent of chondroitin sulphate. Mother's breast milk has a high concentration of this sugar. There is a red algae available in Japan, known as Dumontiaceae, that contains N-acetylgalactosamine.

N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc)
N-acetylglucosamine has been made popular for it's metabolic product, glucosamine sulphate, a well known beneficial supplement on its own. Some of the many benefits include intiviral properties, reducing pain and inflammation, and cartilage repair. Mother's breast milk has a high concentration of this glyconutrient.

N-acetylneuraminic acid (Neu5Ac)
N-acetylneuraminic acid is more commonly referred to as sialic acid and is absolutely essential for learning and development of the brain. N-acetylneuraminic acid is an immune system moderator and suggested benefits include lowering of the LDL (bad cholesterol), increasing fertility, and blood coagulation. A study at the Kumamoto University in Japan reported that the release of histamine was blocked by sialic acid. Australian scientists from the Biomolecular Research Institute and Department of Medicinal Chemistry published an article in the April 2001 issue of Protein Science that talked specifically and only about the benefits of sialic acid in the body.

Xylose is a special carbohydrate that has natural antifungal and an antibacterial properties. For years, Xylose has caught the interest of nutritional experts and scientists, as they have conducted research studies and written papers on this molecule. Unlike regular sugar molecules, the Xylose sugar has been discovered to not cause any dental problems. So some companies have substituted xylose in place of sucrose or fructose in chewing gum or toothpaste.

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