Glycoproteins are proteins that contain oligosaccaride (sugar) side chains. They lie at the core of your cells ability to communicate all of their needs and are absolutely vital for proper cellular function. A lack of these glycoproteins can lead to body system malfunction with deficiencies linked to several disease states. There are 8 essential monosaccharide “sugars” which make up the glycoprotein oligosaccaride side chains which include: glucose, galactose, fucose, mannose, xylose, N-acetyl-neuramic acid, N-acetyl-glucosamine and N-acetyl-galactosamine.
Virtually undetected until recently these 8 sugars or glyconutrients offer the new missing link in our diets that possibly may help prevent a whole array of diseases associated with impaired immunity. Just like vitamins and minerals are essential for optimal physiology so too this new class of nutrient should be added to that list as they are used to build essential glycoproteins within the body.
Glyconutrients are not burned as fuel like glucose, but are used to produce glycoproteins which then communicate, control and protect every cell in the body. These are attached to the surface of every cell in your body. They send and translate commands from one cell to another throughout your body’s 600 trillion cells. Projecting from the cell surface, they act as keys to “unlock” the required functions of the adjoining cell. If the right glycoprotein “keys” are available, the body functions smoothly as the flow of information between cells is uninterrupted. If the needed glycoproteins are not available, communication is slowed or impaired resulting in illness.
Of the eight essential glyconutrients only glucose and galactose are readily available in our western diet. Fucose, mannose, xylose, N-acetyl-neuramic acid, N-acetyl-glucosamine and N-acetyl-galactosamine are made in our body from glucose. This process however requires many biochemical steps, numerous enzymes, and requires a lot of energy. In addition this does not always occur successfully and thus the body may not be able to manufacture enough of these essential monosaccharides for proper function. The other way to obtain the other six glyconutrients is to get them from certain foods and herbs.
Many of the most common natural sources of glyconutrients have been used all over the world for centuries as healing foods and herbs. Some of these include Aloe Vera (mannose, galactose, arabinose), breast milk (fucose, galactose, N-acetyl-neraminic acid, N-acetylglucosamine, glucose), Echinacea (galactose, arabinose), astragalus or its sap known as tragacanth gum (galactose, arabinose, xylose, fucose), gum acacia (arabinose, galactose, rhamnose), gum ghatti (galactose, arabinose, mannose, xylose) and medical mushrooms like shiitake mushrooms (N-acetyl-glucosamine, mannose, galactose), to name a few.
There are several glyconutrient supplements on the market which generally contain different combinations of these 8 glyconutrients listed above, while suprisingly some of the most popular products on the market are missing a few of the essential ones.
Glyconutrient supplements are not drugs and should not be considered a cure or treatment for any particular illness. All they do is help the body to function normally, as do vitamin and mineral supplements, so that the body has a better chance of maintaining and healing itself naturally. Including glyconutrients in our diets is a way of helping to maintain proper health and longevity.
The glyconutrient food supplement produced by our laboratory is one of the most comprehensive on the market containing all 8 of the essential glyconutrients in large doses.
We recently reformulated our glyconutrient mixture to make it even better than before!
The Newly formulated Glyconutrient mixture now contains:
(1) Fenugreek – Rich source of mannose, galactose.
(2) Shark Cartilage – Rich source of N-acetylglucosamine & N-acetylgalactosamine
(3) Tragacanth gum (gum from astragalus) – galactose, arabinose, xylose, fucose, rhamnose and galcturonic acid.
(4) Acacia Gum – arabinogalactan, galactose, rhamnose, arabinose and glucuronic acid.
(5) Guar Gum – Rich source of mannose, galactose.
(6) Echinacea Powder – arabinogalactan, galactose.
(7) Aloe Vera Extract – Mannose, galactose and arabinose
It is gluten free, dairy free and contains no fillers or excipients.
The usual dose is ONE teaspoon (2g) of powder twice daily which may be increased to TWO teaspoons three times a day during periods of illness. It may be mixed with half a glass of water or juice. It may also be taken with yogurt or honey depending on your tastes.
The cost of 120g (one month supply) of our glyconutrient mixture is substantially less compared to similar products and is more potent. Our glyconutrient is available online however to order you must register for an online consultation which is free.