Glyconutrients,  or polysaccharides as they are known scientifically, boost your brain power, improve your digestion, your moods and maximize your immunity. A dozen years ago they were not even a part of our nutritional conversation!    Even today the number of doctors who prescribe polysaccharides for their patients is miniscule.

     However, more and more doctors do practice integrative medicine which combines the best of allopathic medicine with alternative approaches that include nutrition, dietary supplements and even acupuncture.

     Longevity,  a continuing education group which provides CME certifications(continuing medical education) for doctors, nurses and other health care practitioners, teaches glyconutrition in it's integrative health courses which are based on the most up to date science.

     Glucosamine, mannose from the aloe vera plant and even some mushrooms are known for their healing properties, especially in other countries where doctors are far more engaged in natural healing. Glyconutrients - glyco is a Greek word that means sweet - also are found in plant gums, some mushrooms and sea algae. Except for  mushrooms this is not exactly food that you will find in the modern diet.

     Interestingly enough, some of these polysaccharides are in breast milk so perhaps that was nature's way of fortifying us at the beginning of life. The nutrients in breast milk are recognized for their potency in strengthening the immune system which is why doctors recommend that mothers breastfeed their infants. Undoubtedly,  some polysaccharides were available in small amounts in what we ate in earlier times. Remember there was a time when we consumed far more plants than we do today.

     In today's modern world we are bombarded with toxic chemicals and plants that do not have the nutrients they once did, and our need to supplement has grown.  

  Stressed bodies need more nutrients.  

      It may seem strange to be talking about sweet nutrients when we are concerned with health and fat loss but these are not sugars in the sense of table sugar. They are plant nutrients in plant sources that contain a sugar molecule. In fact they are wonderful health building nutrients that support your natural immunity.

     Glyconutrients seem to be essential to the needs of every cell in the body. Increasing your consumption of them through diet and supplementation could lead to restored health. What these polysaccharides do in our bodies is a complicated process that leads to cell to cell communication.


     What does this mean exactly? It means that communication inside our bodies between cells is as significant to our well being as healthy communication is between people! When we are communicating well our lives go smoothly but when communication breaks down - we have lots of misunderstandings, stress and sometimes misfortune.

     What's the difference between these 2 words? FAT and EAT? One little line completely changes the meaning of the word. Consider that our alphabet is made up of lines and shapes with an almost infinite variety of combinations to form words and sentences. The same is true of polysaccharides that can form an endless variety of complex structures to form the "language" of our cells.

     According to research PhD pharmacologist Bill McAnalley, each word or "glycoform" conveys a unique cellular message. Each cell in our body is coated with glycoform messages. Glyconutrients provide building blocks needed to assemble healthy cells and enable these glycoforms to create correct cellular communication. When cellular messages go wrong then health breaks down and sickness occurs.

      How does your finger know to heal a wound when you cut yourself? How does the sperm recognize the egg? How does your digestive system know which foods to expel and which ones to absorb? The glycoform messages form the "language of life" that allows these complex biological functions to occur.

     Do we get enough of any plant nutrients in our diets today? The USDA recommends a minimum of 5 servings and optimally 9 servings or more of fruits and vegetables a day. Fruits and vegetables are so deficient in important phytochemicals today due to depleted soils and not allowing them to ripen on the vine, that it would take 53 peaches to give you the nutritive value that a single peach gave us in 1950.

     Not only that, but as noted previously the plants that contain the polysaccharides, aloe vera, plant gums, brown algae and some mushrooms are just not consumed as much today as they were in our ancestors' time. Our modern diets are limited to two polysaccharides, glucose (in fruits) and galactose which is in milk.

     The cooking and processing we do to fruits and vegetables also rob them of the plant sugars. Until recently it was believed that all the glyconutrients that we need were synthesized from dietary glucose. Recent research has shown that this is wrong. We would all do well to eat less meat and far more plant foods and to supplement our diets with some key nutrients.

     The research on glyconutrients is exploding! In the early 1960s there were no scientific papers written in English on glycoscience. In 2000 over 7,800 English language papers were published on glycoforms (which include glycoproteins and glycolipids.)

"The last decade has witnessed the rapid emergence of the concept of the sugar code of biological information. Indeed, monosaccharides represent an alphabet of biological information similar to amino acids and nucleic acids, but with unsurpassed coding capacity." Acta Anatomica 161/1-4/98

     The scientific literature supports many, many benefits from consuming glyconutrients including that our digestive systems will function more optimally which leads to improved immunity. It is so essential for our overall health and also in order to reduce extra fat, that we digest our food properly. Good digestion affects how everything else works. The glyconutrients have prebiotic effects and promote gastrointestinal health. 

     Glyconutrients also benefit cognitive brain function. So many women, who aren't getting enough plant foods, say they experience brain "fog" and have difficulty concentrating. And perhaps most significant of all, the glyconutrients in many ways support a strong immune system. Remarkably, they function as immune system modulators.

     Without a properly functioning immune system we will be susceptible to all types of illnesses. If we are to control our own destinies and reduce the extremely high cost of health care in this country we must become intelligent consumers and do what we can to prevent illness and support our own wellness.

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Benefits of Aloe Vera

     Aloe vera has been known for it's medicinal uses for thousands of years! It has a fascinating history including mention in the Bible and in the campaigns of Alexander the Great who used it to heal the wounds of his soldiers. However, Alexander had to take the live potted plants into battle because it was well known that the aloe vera plant's healing properties waned within 24 hours.

     The benefits of aloe vera gel include wound healing, the healing of burns, the prevention of infection and taken internally, immune system support.

     In the 1980s nutritional history was made when Bill McAnnaley, who had been researching the aloe vera plant for several years, discovered that a key active component of the gel was a polysaccharide, a long chain of mannose molecules called a betamannon. This was the beginning of a process that led to him creating a stabilization process for this active component that was patented. Today you need to be sure the aloe vera you purchase contains this "stabilized betamannon."

  This research also led to product technology that brought polysaccharides to the market and for the first time wide availablility of polysaccharides that came to be known as glyconutrients.

     The aloe vera plant is not only healing when used topically but also has been found to have considerable health benefits for the GI tract when taken internally. Benefits of aloe vera gel also include that it is a potent immune system modulator. When combined with other potent polysaccharides or glyconutrients tremendous health benefits become available. Only this one product contains the stabilized active component of aloe vera and combines it with other glyconutrients. It is the one I recommend for immune support, optimal brain function and good digestion.

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