My thanks to William Milligan for bringing this to my attention. Four years ago he began taking the nutritional supplements known as glyconutrients. These, he believes, are responsible for a marked improvement in his health.
He goes on to relate that this featured in the MIT magazine’s 2003 innovation issue.
And, the people who have seen benefits are people with autoimmune disease. People suffering from arthritis, cancer, diabetes and lupus, as well as multiple sclerosis.
I have observed that all of the aforementioned health issues are classified as autoimmune diseases.
The Healing Power of Glyconutrients
I decided I should do a little web research and there certainly appears to be plenty of information on this subject.
According to the newly emerging technology glycobiology (the study of sugars).
It could be that glyconutrients rather than proteins are responsible for cellular communications.
The reverse had previously been the stance in the science community.
I did have two books featured on this page but, they now appear to out of print. So, I offer you the following:
Glyconutrients address the workings of the brain and nervous system. From memory to sleep, and anxiety to depression.
In addition, they have a role in helping the body handle cholesterol and fats by lowering triglycerides and low-density lipoproteons. While, at the same time, raising the good cholesterol.
Consuming Oatmeal will reduce your levels of cholesterol. And, this is because it is the sugars (beta-glucans) in the oatmeal that are responsible.
Simple Sugars for Multiple Sclerosis
I also read recently, I can’t remember where, that one of the benefits of glyconutrients is that they can enable the body to produce it’s own interferon. Which is, allegedly, much better than chemically produced versions like beta interferon used commonly to treat MS.
Glyco means “sweet” and, therefore, used when describing a sugar or carbohydrate molecule. “Sugar”, “Carbohydrate” and “Saccharide” are all used interchangeably.
Glycoforms are large sugar molecules that combine with proteins and/or fats to cover the surface of all cells. These are known as “glycoproteins” or “glycolipids”.
Glycoproteins are molecules made of sugars and proteins. They are found coating the surface of every cell in the human body that contains a nucleus.
Glycolipids are molecules made of sugars and fats. “Lipid” and “Fat” are often used interchangeably.
Glyconutrients are the foods and nutritional supplements that provide saccharides along with other glycoforms essential to the body, but which are scarce in most diets.
The more that I read about Multiple Sclerosis and health in general. The more I begin to wish that I had studied biology at school.
The Human Body is a high-performance machine that needs the most exquisite care and maintenance to maximise it’s potential.
How do Glyconutrients work?
The reference to glycoforms covering the body cells has intrigued me. I have been reading a great deal about mitochondria. As my complementing post about cell organelles will testify.
Glyconutrients might stimulate the immune system or promote the growth of certain bacteria in the colon that are thought to be beneficial. WebMD has a short article on the subject.
I am sure that you will agree. There is so much that we can learn and should learn about the human body.
It is all too easy to take these amazing, complex biological structures for granted.
If we don’t feel ill, or see anything visibly wrong. We assume that all is well.