Sugars That Heal - Health Benefits of Glyconutrients

Sugars that heal are a glyconutrient complex of essential sugars. Health benefits of glyconutrients and glyco supplements are the latest healing nutritional breakthrough.

Saccharides and Essential Sugars

Just like essential fatty acids, and amino acids, there are essential sugars called “saccharides.” These are sugars that heal.


  • Glucose
  • Mannose
  • Galactose
  • Fucose (not fructose)
  • N-AcetylGalactosamine
  • N-AcetylGlucosamine
  • N-AcetylNeuraminic Acid
  • Xylose

These essential sugars form what are called a glyconutrient complex. These sugars or saccharides are absolutely vital to health, because they are required in building other molecules along with amino acids and fatty acids. These molecules (called “glycoforms”) form the surface of each one of our cells.

The reason we refer to these glyconutrient complexes as sugars that heal is because of their vital role in the construction of these glycoforms without which the cells in the most critical systems in our body like the brain, immune system, nervous system, ect., could not function properly.

Since most disease is caused by nutritional deficiency, when we supply all of the necessary nutrients (in this case glyconutrients) the body is able to heal itself. So the sugars do not so much heal, as supply the body with what it needs to heal itself.

Sugars That Heal - Health Benefits of Glyconutrients

The following is a short list of health issues where glyconutrient complexes could potentially be of benefit:

  • Benefits the immune system
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti viral
  • Allergies
  • Skin diseases and disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Memory loss

Again, please keep in mind that the health benefits of glyconutrients lie in their ability to provide your body with essential sugars (glyconutrient complexes) that allow it to carry out it's critical functions, among which are the healing process that restore health to your body's tissues and systems. Sugars that heal actually help the body to heal!

Sources of Glyconutrients

You can get these essential saccharides from food sources and nutritional supplements called glyco supplements. Some experts claim that it is always better to get nutrients from foods, but that is not always possible or practical for a variety of reasons.

Not all foods supply adequate amounts of these nutrients, and your body not be able to absorb them efficiently from your foods, due to inefficient digestion or malabsorption. This makes the argument for glyo supplements to supplement what you are getting in your normal diet.

Here is a short list of foods sources of glyconutrient complexes:

  • Human breast milk
  • Ripe vegetables such as
    • Eggplant. Tomatoes, okra, turnip, spinach, peas, beans and cabbage
  • Ripe fruits such as:
    • Goji berry, guava,blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, pears, peaches, avocado. Aloe vera
  • Various mushrooms like Shitake,
  • Some dairy produces (preferably unpasteurized) and hen's eggs
  • Curcumin
  • Echinacea

The health benefits of glyconutrients probably require you to supplement your diet with “glyco supplements” during times of stress, illness, or trauma so that your body has access to the essential saccharides it needs to carry out the healing process.

There are a number of companies that make these products. The leading company in this field is Mannatech., which adheres to a standard called: GMPs (Good Manufacturing Practices).

Some others are Lonza (which makes LARCH ARABINOGALACTAN), and JSH Natural Products. Always try to find companies that manufacture their products to the GMP standards so that you are assured quality and potency in the supplements you buy.

Once again remember that sugars that heal really help your BODY to heal itself. In the years to come science will undoubtedly uncover more information about the benefits of glyconutrients and the critical role of glyconutrient complexes in human nutrition.


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