Supplements and Glyconutritionals?

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Supplements and Glyconutritionals?

By: Theryssa Gossman

Why Do We Need Food Supplements and Glyconutritionals?

Food is one of our most basic needs. However, in our modern society fresh food is a thing of the past. The so called fresh fruits and vegetables we buy today have little nutritional value because they are grown in nutrient-deficient soil, picked before they ripen naturally, gassed, irradiated, artificially ripened and stored for days before we eat it. Therefore, our diets lack the essential building blocks of functional foods vital to our health and well-being.


Without functional foods the body cannot continue the miracle of healing itself as these foods provide the raw materials needed to assist in this healing process thus giving the body fuel to perform at optimum levels. Without sufficient functional foods the following four problems exist for most people:

  • Starvation: since most of our food is nutritionally starved;

  • Toxicity: many food products including raw fruits and vegetables contain toxins not to mention the air we breathe and the water we drink, which actually work against our body's natural healing process;

  • Stress: as a result of malnutrition and high levels of toxicity;

  • Degenerative disease: which can be symptomatic of nutritional deficiency and as a result of stress on the body.


Functional foods or Neutraceuticals are "foods that are thought to prevent disease" (Harvard Health Letter April '95). The building blocks of functional foods are called phytochemicals (plant chemicals) These phytochemicals (carbohydrates) are naturally occurring bioactive substances that prevent diseases by interacting with the body's innate healing process to maintain vibrant health and energy.


Of the 200 simple sugars (glyconutritionals) occurring in plants, only eight are known to be essential for cell- to-cell communication. These are only found in food that is ripened on the vine/tree and remain active for 48 hours after being picked. However, only two of these, glucose & galactose are found in modern diets. The body can convert these two into the six missing sugars, but this enzymatic process is long (up to 20 steps), unreliable and error-prone. Thus we need to supplement our diets with these missing sugars.

WHY ARE THESE glyconutritionals SO IMPORTANT?

All cell surface receptors; binding and signaling components are glycoproteins (proteins and sugar). They essentially act as the language between cells in our body. The glycoproteins are like the letters and words of a language. If the correct sugar (carbohydrate) is not placed in the proper location, or is missing, the glycoprotein is not formed correctly and will not be able to carry out its function in the cell membrane. Only effective cell membrane communication can make the proper cells for our organs.

The functional components of glyconutritionals appear to boost the production or activity of enzymes that act as:

  1. Blocking agents: detoxifying carcinogens or keeping them from reaching or penetrating cells;

  2. Suppressing agents: restraining malignant changes in cells that have been exposed to carcinogens.


There are four basic reasons why people get sick. These are:

  1. Decreased function of the immune system

  2. Increased oxidative stress

  3. Diminished/ faulty neurotransmitter function

  4. Poor/faulty cellular repair/regeneration

Glyconutritional supplementation will help give your body the ability to heal, correct, repair and protect itself. Therefore, it does not matter if you are in a state of sickness or considered healthy, you can benefit from food supplementation, specifically glyconutrient supplementation.

WHEN WERE THESE DISCOVERIES MADE? The discovery of the importance of glycoproteins was awarded the "Biochemical Discovery of' the Year" in 1996 by the American Naturopathic Medical Association. The ANMA further released the statement "The most Significant Discovery of the Century". "Almost without exception where ever two or more living cells interact in a specific way, cell surface carbohydrates will be involved " (Bio/'Technology, John Hodgson 1990). Major studies have recently indicated exciting revelations regarding the significance of glycoproteins in our development', out- growth, and in the formation of disease.

WHO CAN USE THESE SUPPLEMENTS? Scientists are suggesting that glyconutritionals may provide the missing link in the body's amazing capacity to heal itself and sustain health. Thus anyone who eats, drinks or breathes in today's world is likely to benefit from these supplements. These products were selected by the American and Canadian Track and Field teams as supplements for athletes preparing for the 2000 Olympics. Mannatech, the supplier, has the only international patent filed on a supplemental blend of the known necessary carbohydrates. - Copyright 2004 S. Lueck

Medical Disclaimer: I am not medically qualified to diagnose or treat people. The intention of this is to provide quality health and nutritional information for it's readers, but not to replace the advice of physicians.

About The Author

Theryssa Gossman

Helping people get back the nutrition their bodies need.


chocolateT 04.12.2006. 05:52

what are the products of glycolysis and what is the role of each of them? i can't quite figure it out.


Admin 04.12.2006. 05:52 Also a DVD called " outside the box" by Jeff Allen I am a distributor for the glyconutritional dietary supplements that he talks about, send me an email by clicking on my profile


Cam W 12.01.2008. 15:10

Chasteberry, wild yam and saw palmetto for hair growth? I am currently taking: MSM, Vitamin C, biotin, a multivitamin for hair growth. I have read that chasteberry, wild yam and saw palmetto pills are also very good for increasing hair growth. I have searched the web for the pros/cons of each. I am now looking for personal experiences with the the pills. If you tried something better, I would also like to know that too.


Cam W

Admin 12.01.2008. 15:10

I think Wild Yam has some regluatory/hormonal benefits, which is one of the causes of a form of hair loss and thinning, but what I have found (being a male victim of the same issue) is that proper nutrition can help prevent additional permanent loss and even help some growth areas.

I have found (mostly by accident) that a mix of a specific set of natural phyto-based nutritional supplements seems to provide the balance needed to help slow down the hormonal and environmental issues that can lead to the permanent loss.

I was thinning on top regularly and getting worse until about 2 years ago. I began taking a glyconutritional supplement, and a phtyo-based micronutrient (plant based multivitamin), an endocrine/reglulatory support supplement (Phytosterols - this also has a Wild Yam extract in it), and an anti-oxidant (plant derived as well with an ORAC score of over 15,000). Once I took all four of these in very high quantities in the beginning (and significantly increased my water intake) two things happened, my hair started growing (along with my nails, etc...) at almost 3 times the rate it used to (I had to visit my hairstylist a lot more!) AND on my fourth visit to my hairstylist (about 6 or 7 weeks into it) she pulled back my hair at my forehead and was shocked to find a small forest of new hair growth interspersed with my other hair. (She now takes them as well)

I am not saying this will do anything for anybody, but I have not stopped any one of the four supplements in case it stops the positive effect (i.e. I have not tested to see if it was all four or a combination of two or more, or what ? I was taking the glyconutrient by itself before so I know it was not that specifically but a combination of that and one or all of the other three), but it worked beautifully for me... This is nutritional therapy at its finest, giving the body what it has always needed to do what it always could!

Hope this gives you some direction to try...


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