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Glyconutrients – Mushrooms

2012 January 25
by camillaellis

Glyconutrients have been one of the most important discoveries in the last 100 years.  Glyconutrients have a big impact on your immune system and are the key to the way your cells communicate with each other for the complex functions to occur.  Researchers say it’s the most important discovery to your health and the key to a long healthy life.

Glyconutrients are plant carbohydrates (monosaccharides), there are over 200 carbohydrates and sugars but there are only 8 essential nutrients that are needed to be ingested for your body to function.  These are:

  • Xylose
  • Fucose
  • Galactose
  • Glucose
  • Mannose
  • N-acetylglucosamine
  • N-acetylgalactosamine
  • N-acetylneuraminic acid (a sialic acid)

These glyconutrients combine with other molecules to coat the cell surface to form glycoforms or glycoconjugates.  They bind with proteins to form glycoproteins that coat the surface of every cell with a nucleus in the human body.  They bind with lipids (fats) and form glycolipids, which adhere to the cell surface. 

Glyconutrients are not vitamins, minerals, amino acids or enzymes, but are in a different class as nutritional supplements from plants that maintain cellular health which leads to healthy tissues and healthy organs therefore healthy bodies.  All cells need glyconutrients and there are over 600 trillion of them. 

Glyconutritional approach gets to the root of the problem instead of treating the symptoms and could help with autoimmune diseases, cancers, and degenerative diseases.  It was first discovered in the 1980’s when a research pharmacologist investigated the active ingredient in Aloe Vera, which was a carbohydrate with many mannose sugar molecules linked together, which can become inactive quite quickly when extracted, therefore expensive techniques are used to isolate this ingredient without unstabilizing it. 

The research findings commenced to appear in scientific journals such as Glycobiology Journal and Journal of Biotechnology. In 1990 the Journal of Biotechnology states: ‘Almost without exception, whenever two or more living cells interact in a specific way, cell surface carbohydrates will be involved.’

The sources of these 8 essential glyconutrients have been used for centuries as healing properties.  The primary sources are fungi, saps, gums, and seeds; the secondary sources are grains, fruit and vegetables.

Mushrooms and fungi are known as immune system boosters as they contain glucose, galactose and mannose.  They also have anti-tumour actions, suppress inappropriate immune reactions and modulate the immune system.  They also contain beta-glucans, called lentinant, which are a polysaccharide, these stimulate white blood cells to engulf invaders and clean up toxins.  Beta-glucans also fight cancer and tumour growth extending cancer survival time, fight infections, improve recovery from radiation treatments, and boost wound healing.

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