Glyconutrients are the best discoveries in the last 100 years; they are important for your immune system and help cells communicate with each other for complex functions to occur. Glyconutrients are plant carbohydrates (monosaccharides), there are over 200 carbohydrates and sugars but there are only 8 essential nutrients that are needed to be ingested for your body to function. These are:
- N-acetylneuraminic acid (a sialic acid).
The sources of these 8 essential glyconutrients have been used for centuries as healing properties. The primary sources are mushrooms/fungi, saps, gums, and seeds; the secondary sources are grains, fruit and vegetables. Including in this list are seaweed and aloe vera.
With the massive increase in autoimmune and degenerative diseases, allopathic medicine has failed to halt the increase in these diseases in our children. In fact when we look at the cause of death, properly prescribed pharmaceutical agents ranks no 4 behind strokes, cancer and heart disease. Therefore we need a new paradigm shift, instead of years of treating the sickness and symptoms rather than promoting wellness has lead a greater need for all of us to take greater responsibility for our health. Health isn’t only about how we feel but more about how well were functioning, you see you can be feeling good but harboring cancer or heart disease, and the first symptom of heart disease is a heart attack were the disease has been developing for years, therefore it’s important to prevent your health and that’s where glyconutrients come in handy.
Glyconutrients and anti-aging – glyconutrients and gerontology
Our body has an ability to heal itself but as we grow older the effects of daily stress and lack of nutrition reduces the body’s ability to maintain good health. Growing old should be done at its normal rate rather than speed up by excess stress on the body. The hostile environment that you live in makes it difficult to stay healthy especially when you expose your body to toxins and inadequate nutritional intakes.
Glycobiology provides us with information on how to slow down this aging process to where you can optimize your health into your 70s and 80s and further. Glyconutrients support your body’s ability to heal, repair, regenerate, regulate and protect itself, no matter what your age. It is proven that your body uses glyconutrients to prevent infections and diseases and slow the aging process down. Diseases that formed later in life are due to bad eating habits and poor nutritional intake. Therefore the earlier you adopt a balanced nutritional eating plan with supplementation the greater your ability to prevent diseases later in life. I’m often asked I have diabetes, heart disease, or osteoporosis, what can I do? The problem is that it’s too late to do any major thing as they are chronic diseases and they started 20-30 years before. By taking supplements and eating well, such as glyconutrients it will lessen your effects and improve the quality of your life but not prevent the disease that has already occurred. They can support older people to shorten the recovery time of illnesses.
When you look after your health from an early age you feel good which makes you want to be more physically active which increases your positive attitude, which leads to greater wellness and you feel better, and so on.
Glyconutrients and athletes
In order to achieve maximum performance and faster recovery time, dietary supplements can separate an athlete from performance enhancement that leads to either winning or losing. Glyconutrients can increase performance, reduce pain and reduce recovery time. A study involving NFL athletes found that taking glyconutrients experienced less pain and increased range of motion in their joints and improved their quality of life.
An intensive workout by athletes diminishes the immune system function, and increases the risk of infection and decreased tissue repair mechanisms, glyconutrients boosts immune system function for the body to repair and regenerate. Antioxidants also protect your cells from free radicals, which are released during exercise.
Glyconutrients and children
The leading cause of death of children aged between 1-14 years is cancer, and the incidence of diseases in children is increasing rapidly. Asthma is the leading cause of chronic illness in children. ADD (attention deficit disorder) and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) have massively increased and half of ADD or ADHD children are identified as having a learning disorder. These learning disorders can be due to a lack of communication within the brain, and glyconutrients enable cells to communicate with each other.
The centre for disease control and prevention reports that infectious diseases amongst children are on the increase and have related this due to the over-use of antibiotics, therefore healthy immune systems would alleviate the use of antibiotics, which is what glyconutrients can do. These days children’s diets lack the balanced nutritional diets that they require and lead to disease.
Glyconutrients can help children with:
- Enhance brain function
- Increase academic performance
- Increased athletic performance
- Reduced absenteeism
- Reduced need for pharmaceutical drugs