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Glyconutrient Facts

Update: 3-3-2012 - Scientists have discovered over 150 nutritional ingredients in Aloe Vera. There seems to be no single magic ingredient. They all work together in a synergistic way to create healing and health giving benefits. The ten main areas of chemical constituents of Aloe Vera include: amino acids, anthraquinones, enzymes, minerals, vitamins, lignin's, monosaccharide, polysaccharides, salicylic acid, saponins, and sterols.

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releases unusually high levels of mannose, galactose, fucose, xylose, arabinose and glucose during digestion due to interactions with friendly bacteria. The bacteria actually consume a great deal of the so called “sugars.” Very little of these sugars actually ever reach the blood stream. The ones that do, can make a difference in human biology.

Recently, it was discovered that the stalks of Cannabis (hemp) are far more complex than previously known. A large set of galactans, mannans, xylans, and glucans, as well as raffinose-series disaccharides exist. Putative arabinogalactan proteins and lipid transfer proteins were among the most highly enriched transcripts in various stem segments.

Did you know that the Shroud Of Turin Is Sugar Coated
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A clear polysaccharide residue coats the outermost fibers of the cloth. It appears to be from the soapwort plant containing saccharides like glucose, fucose, galactose, arabinose, xylose, rhamnose and glucuronic acid and may form the images we see.
 
 
However, the content of free monosaccharides in human milk is low. Artificial formula  and human milk differ considerably in fatty acid composition and concentrations of cholesterol, phytosterols, monosaccharides and sugar alcohols. Or, you may want to click here to learn more on Google
 
 
Glyconutrient is a loose term (slang) to describe "Glycans". Glyco simply means sweet and nutrient refers to food. Glycan is also a general term used to refer to the carbohydrate portion of Glycoproteins, Glycolipids and Proteoglycans.
 
Most glyconutrients are not individual sugars and do not always taste sweet, but they are simply "Food Supplements" containing dietary fibers consisting of polysaccharides and oligosaccharides.
 
They often contain amino acids, vitamins, dietary minerals and trace minerals. Glycans are obtained from land and water dwelling plants, animals, bacteria and even fungus
 
Please keep in mind. there is no such thing as a cure-all or magic bullet when it comes to the subject of nutrition. It is important to look at the ingredients individually to gain more understanding of their content.
  
First and foremost, Aloe Vera was used as food and medicine in various cultures as far back as history is written. Some biblical scholars equate tree gums with Manna from heaven.  Natural Gums such as Acacia, Ghatti and Tragacanth were used by indigenous people of many cultures and they were commonly extracted from the mucilage or the root, using various techniques.
 
Even the Apes are known to peal away bark of certain tree's when they are in bloom and consume the highly nutritious bark and sap that is filled with glycans. Sea vegetables have also been valued for thousands of years as a source of nutrition by many people.
 
Certain fresh water Algae and Bacteria, such as Spirulina are full of nutrients beneficial to mammals. So, this form of nutrition is nothing new and easily verifiable with a little research.
 
There are exceptions in formulating glyconutrients with individual sugars such as the monosaccharide called Glucosamine, an amino sugar, as it is often mixed with other glycans to make food supplements. In its nearly pure form of HCL, N-acetyl and as a sulfate, it is often combined with chondroitin or MSM as a food supplement.
 
Mannose and fucose are also purified to variable standards for a more concentrated "glyconutrient" by some manufacturers.  Standardized ingredients vary considerably in quality and do not always guarantee the content or effectiveness of food supplements.
 
In science, Chitin was discovered in 1811 by French scientist Henri Braconnot. Years later, in 1876, Glucosamine was first identified by G. Ledderhose.
 
The discovery of individual monosaccharides goes as far back as 1888 when Emil Fischer performed significant work in chemistry to identify many saccharides (sugars)  and established the relation between glucose, fructose and mannose.  He went on to identify the stereo-chemical configuration of all the known sugars and exactly foretold the possible isomers known today.
 
The story really began for Glycobiology when blood types were discovered by Karl Landsteiner in 1909.  Around the year of 1936, Albert Neuberger became the founder of modern glycoprotein research.  The name "neuraminic acid" was introduced by German scientist E. Klenk in 1941. In the 1950's, the chemical nature of blood group substances were determined, such as Galactose, Fucose, Glucosamine and other oligosaccharides.
 
Research is being conducted on a global scale for more understanding of simple sugars in the process of glycosylation and is commonly referred to as glycomics.
 
The "Friendly Bacteria" in your intestines play a crucial role in the digestion of polysaccharides.  The monosaccharides (simple sugars) may be released during this process along with other compounds including amino acids, vitamins, minerals and trace elements.
 
Although, some monosaccharides are contained in the Aloe Vera, Tree Gums and various other glyconutrients, the effects of these "sugars" are best understood by studying the digestive process as described below.
 
Combining glyconutrients (prebiotics) with probiotics to create a synbiotic  may increase the health benefits of glycans.  Adding fresh fruits and vegetables, limiting the amount of harmful fats in your diet and drinking plenty of water may also have great health benefits.  And please, don't forget to exercise !  A brisk walk for 20 minutes a day is a good start.
 
Molecules contained in proteins and polysaccharides of various sizes and composition have the ability to stimulate and regulate the "Immune System", under varying circumstances. They are often broken down into peptides, enzymes and catalysts that are vital to digestion and sometimes they are recognized as an antigen by the recipient.
 
Microbiologists are closely studying the effects of synbiotics.  A few interesting articles are listed below as an example and can be found in most search engines.
 
 
For more information on why glycans may be useful as "food supplements", please feel free to visit this topic "Research on how Glyco's work", at this independent community forum. 
 
Do you want to know more about the history of Aloe Vera, Gums and Algae?  We highly recommend InnVista as a comprehensive reference.
 
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