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.
Coffee Fruit Powder 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.
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 that supply glyconutrients individually to gain more understanding of their content. Since sugars are found on every cell in every organ of the entire anatomy, it should stand to reason that some sugars are also vital to proper function of the body systems. The problem is, the modern diet is literally being fed too much of the wrong kinds of sugars and sugar substitutes. Consequently, the health of nations is deteriorating. Learn more at http://innvista.com/health/nutrition/essential-sugars/
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 monosaccharidecalled 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.
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.
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.