In the 1980's eight glyconutrients were discovered in nutrition.
'Glyco' means 'sweet' in Latin.
These nutrients are long chain complex carbohydrates, or saccarides, and are not sweet or sugary at all.
Glyconutrients have been called sweet sugars, miracle sugars, the missing nutrients, healthy sweets.
Six of the eight essential glyconutrients were found to be missing in the modern diet due to over-farming, green-harvesting, food processing and soil depletion.
These eight sugars (glyconutrients) are necessary to build "glycoproteins" (hair-like structures) on the outsides of our cells which enable cell-to-cell communication.
Without adequate amounts of these eight sugars, the human body cannot function properly, as research has shown.
The two glyconutrients that are in abundance in our modern diets are galactose and sucrose.
Galactose is found in dairy products and is made from the conversion of lactose (milk sugar).
Glucose is converted from white sugar, fructose and starchy foods.
This is known to be oversupplied to the body in the form of sugar cane, corn, rice, potatoes, wheat.
- n-acetyl-neuraminic acid
Where to find Glyconutrients:
- fucose - medicinal mushrooms
- galactose - milk and dairy products
- glucose - fruit, sugar, potatoes, rice, corn, wheat
- mannose - fresh aloe vera gel
- n-acetyl-neuraminic acid - tree saps & gums
- n-acetyl-galactosamine - algae
- n-acetyl-glucosamine - seaweed
- xylose - sugarless gum & candies, nasal sprays
Human breast milk contains all 8 of the above listed glyconutrients.
Glyconutrients are also found in garlic, yeasts, maize, pectin from fruit, certain herbs, echinacea, coconut meat.
As you can see, all of the glyconutrients are not readily available through everyday foods. Supplementation with the highest quality glyconutrients is ideal.
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