"Glyconutrients are a new and more specialized type of nutraceutical. They support the process our individual tissue cells use to recognize, and communicate with, each other. The work that Dr. Blobel [1999 Nobel Prize] and many others have done let us understand the importance of good cell communication to ensure good health. The discovery of Glyconutrients and their role in human health is now in Mainstream Medicine." The potential for using glyconutrients in alternative cancer treatments is enormous.

Glyconutrients are actually 8 specific monosaccharides. One of these 8 glyconutrients has 4 different forms. Of these 4 forms, one is the most important: the extremely rare long-chain acemannan, found mainly in aloe vera. At least 6 people (at last count) have been arrested, jailed or harassed by U.S. and Canadian authorities in an attempt to keep this molecule out of your home. A product called Albarin had a 94% cure rate of hospice cancer patients. The owner was arrested. I know of only one product that currently has this molecule: Aloe Immune. See my Stage IV cancer article for more information.

When we supplement the nutrition that we no longer get
from the soil and our food, we may be ignoring one important
factor: glyconutrients. Their prime role is to facilitate communi-
cation between cells. If we are working to an end with a group
of people, 'doing our own thing' does not get results. We have to
work as a team and communicate. So too with the body. And the
group of foods that do the job for us, it has recently been discov-
ered, are glyconutrients.

Carbohydrates as Biological Sugars

Another word for carbohydrates is biological sugars, and
glyco-science is the study of carbohydrates/biological sugars,
and how they work. It may seem strange to think that sugars
could be vital for health, if you only think of sucrose, or table
sugar. But there are eight sugars, or saccharides, that are
required for cellular communication, and knowing about them,
could provide another clue to the mystery of how we thrive, or
degenerate into disease and ill-health.

Carbohydrates are the most complex in the four major
classes of biomolecules, wbich also include proteins, nucleic acids
and fats. For a long time researchers concentrated on the key
role of protein and amino acids, ignoring carbohydrates because
of their complexity. But, prompted by the wonderful properties
of aloe vera, researchers were forced to look at the role of
glyconutrients in human health, and their life-giving potential.'

Glyconutrients - Supplements to the Rescue?

If you read the few articles and books on glyconutrients you
will be told that this is the latest buzz word. But the dearth of
information on the subject, apart from academic research and
emailed testimonials, perhaps reflects the fact that you have to
hunt hard to find glyconutritionals, usually within the multi-
level marketing system, apart from sourcing glyconutrients
from food, or herbal medicine. We are told that our diets no
longer supply enough glyconutrients.' Although the body can
manufacture some of the sugars not available from our diets,
the energy consumed to perform this task, and the depletion of
enzymes caused by the process, points to long-term supplemen-
tation as an alternative. This is especially the case when there
are liver problems or depleted energy reserves.

But is there another way? If the body is capable of produc-
ing essential glyconutrients, how can we support those abilities,
rather than assume we should by-pass them entirely? We will
come back to this question, after examining in more depth the
source of glyconutrients, and how they work.

Wired for Action

A glyconutrient is a biochemical that contains a sugar mole-
cule. Thus glycoproteins have a sugar molecule attached to the
protein, and glycolipids have a sugar molecule attached to fat.
Glyconutrients are the 'good' sugars that attach themselves
to cell molecules, allowing cells to communicate with each other.
Every system in the body needs such communication, especially
the immune system, when trying to maintain equilibrium.
Grasping the distinction between good sugars and bad
sugars is important. The 'bad' sugar, sucrose, has been highly
processed, has scant nutritional value, and artificially boosts
energy levels by causing a rush of insulin to be followed pretty
soon by a corresponding drop. The treadmill of sugar cravings to
keep that energy up is set in motion.

Good sugars, monosaccharides or glyconutrienta, are an
entirely different matter. There are eight: glucose, galactose,
fucose, mannose, xylose. N-acetlygalatosamine, N-acetylglu-
cosamine and N-acetylineuraminic acid. The following analogy
provides an understanding of how they facilitate communica-
tion. Without the correct combination, communication between
cells is disrupted with consequences that are detrimental to

Herbal and Dietary Sources of Glyconutritients

Folk wisdom can provide us with much useful information
about the benefits of glyconutrients. Customs evolve in certain
ways because they work. It is only later that science digs deep
to find out why.

Aloe Vera and Mushrooms

I have a friend who lives in a village in Rajasthan, India,
who farms fruit and vegetables organically. Apart from access-
ing the wisdom of his nomadic forebears, he is also a qualified
agronomist and plantsman. Aloe vera had been used for
hundreds of years in his region because of its remarkable
healing properties. Unusually, the local variety can be used
fresh as salad with the whole leaf as well as dried. In the

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