Glyconutrients - How Sweet It Is
Glyconutrients - We've all heard how we should reduce our sugar intake. Especially, when talking about granulated sugar and high fructose corn sweeteners, artificial sweeteners and the like. What they have in common is, they appeal to our sense of taste for something sweet.
Not much at all is reported on the importance of sugars(Glyconutrients) required by the cells of the human body. There is a class of sugars, not all sweet to taste, that plays a major role in human health. They are called Monosaccharides. These crystalline substances and the proteins they attach themselves to, become (Glycoproteins), and form the basis for cell-to-cell communication. This communication is absolutely necessary for our cells to react to potential invaders.
There is a 24/7 battle being fought within our system against pathogens (viruses, toxins, and bacteria), that are on a mission to invade the body and destroy it. Our only defense is our cells, which direct our immune system. In order for our cells to be effective, they need these 8 essential sugars, in sufficient quantity and quality.
These 8 essential sugars or Monosaccharides are listed here:
- N-AcetylNeuraminic Acid(sialic acid)
- Xylose(wood sugar)
The fact is, of the 8 essential sugars required by the body, only 2 are common in our diet, Glucose andGalactose. What about the other 6? They are virtually gone from our food due to:
- Mass commercial farming
- Green Harvesting
- Food Processing
- Preservatives (which kills the live components in food)
- Nutrient Depleted Soil
There are only 3 possible sources of these critical glyconutrients:
- Vine Ripened Fruits and Vegetables
- Supplements that maintain the live digestible characteristic
- The body creates them at great expense of energy and nutrition
It requires tremendous amounts of energy, and the robbing of nutrients from elsewhere to create these vital sugars. The odds of the body continually creating these essential sugars correctly are low at best, especially when the required nutrition is not available. In other words, "robbing Peter to pay Paul". What happens when Paul does not have it? The result is, the process will end up deficient.
Immune System Response
An overactive immune system - can lead to Auto-Immune Disorders: This is when your immune system overreacts and destroys good cells and tissues. Here is a list of just a few of the more than 80, Auto-immune Disorders.
- Celiac Disease
- Crohn's Disease
- Grave's Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Hepatitis C
Under-active immune system - Your immune system does not respond appropriately, which leads to cancers and infections such as:
- Epstein Barr Virus
- frequent colds or flu
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Other Infections
The total revelation about glycobiology has only been around since about 1996. It usually takes 15 to 20 years or more for a breakthrough to make itself known. So now that you know, do some research and learn more about these life saving sugars.
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