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Glyconutrient FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions About Glyconutrients

Q: How can one nutrient be beneficial for so many ailments?

A: Glyconutrients are the substances that form glycoproteins which are found on the surface

of every cell in the entire body. They play a vital role in the 'language' between cells. A strong glycoform connection allows the body to respond in a healthy way, poor connection leads to a weakened state. Glyconutrients may not always be a cure for diseases but they can be supportive and hence beneficial for most in that they enhance function and vitally at a cellular level. Every change that occurs in our body is a saccharide orchestration of instruction and response.

Q: Are Glyconutrients safe for Diabetics ?

A: Glyconutrients can be immune supportive and excellent for kidney health but you must have your practioner's consent especially if you are type 1 diabetic and you take insulin. Your doctor may not know about these good little sugars but he may be very interested in the glyconutrition studies done and may well approve of them. He would have to monitor your insulin and blood sugar levels. Read more about Diabetes and Glyconutrients

Q: Can Glyconutrients slow down the aging process?

A: As we age our physical bodies weaken, we are more prone to injury and we don't heal as quickly as we use to. Our immune system also weakens and we become more susceptible to viruses and bacteria. One of the most important factors in aging are toxins or free radicals. As you age your ability to destroy your own free radicals decreases. Glyconutrients -especially the glyconutrients contained in mushrooms- are great against free radicals and are well known to build endurance. The glyconutrient glucosamine has for many years being recommended for arthritis and osteoarthritis. It actually encourages cartilage rebuilding and also improves the memory. Glyconutrients boost the immune system.

Q: Why does my doctor not know about glyconutrients?

A: The discovery of glyconutrients and how cells communicate just occurred a few years ago, probably after your doctor left medical school. Unfortunately, the education most doctors receive after leaving med school is subsidised (and biased) by pharmaceutical companies. As glyconutrients are natural food based supplements, NOT drugs, the pharmaceutical companies are NOT teaching doctors about this.

Q: Are there any side effects from taking glyconutrients? (also see allergies)

A: There may be allergic responses to glyconutrients, so check the label. Initially the user may experience mild cramps and flatulence. This can be avoided by not taking too high a glyconutrient dose initially. Begin with a low dose and slowly work your way up to your recommended amount. Generally this mild side effect disappears within a few days. Also try taking 500mg Vitamin C daily, it may ease the digestive problems.
Please notify your doctor that you are taking glyconutrients. Quality glyconutrients should be 100% non-toxic and derived from plant based nutrients and one should not normally suffer any side effects or contra-indications.

Q: Are there any concerns for allergies?

A: Some allergic reactions may occur when you ingest glyconutrients, but be sure to check the ingredient list on the label to see if you are allergic to any of them. Some people are allergic to mushrooms which may be included as an ingredient.

Below is a list to consider before taking the glyconutrients:

Avoid glyconutrients if you are allergic to all mushrooms including cordyceps and reishi.
• Avoid glyconutrients if you are on blood thinning tablets.
• Avoid glyconutrients if you have a bleeding disorder.
• Avoid glyconutrients if you are allergic to shellfish and the product contains chitosan.

Q: If I am allergic to glyconutrients what are the symptoms and what should I do?

A: You may experience shortness of breath, a rash and hives.The symptoms can be mild to serious. Stop taking the glyconutrients and consult a doctor.
Please consult your doctor before taking glyconutrients.

Q: Are glyconutrients safe for children?

A: Generally yes, glyconutrients are safe for children, but children under the age of twelve should not take glyconutreints without a doctors approval.
Children should not take polysaccharide K and P and lentinan as these have not been tested extensively on children. Check the label for a listing of these.
In rare instances, glyconutrients can cause allergic reactions. Read Glyconutrients & Children.

Q: What is the dose of glyconutrients for children?

A: Children over the age of two should take half the lowest dose of glyconutrients recommended for adults. Children under two years of age should be under doctors supervision. Read the label!
Please notify your GP that you would like to put your child on glyconutrients.

Q: How long do glyconutrients take to work?

A: The efficacy of glyconutrients depends entirely on the person. In some cases benefits may be noticed after one week and in other cases, three to six months.

Q: Can pregnant women take glyconutrients?

A: Yes, women can safely ingest glyconutrients during pregnancy, but it is absolutely essential to check with your doctor first.
Glyconutrients can lower blood sugar and blood pressure levels.

Q: Can glyconutrients be taken with prescription drugs?

A: Generally yes, you can take glyconutrients with prescribed medication, with the exception of blood thinning medications such as Warfarin.

Some definitions of glyconutrients and related terms

  • Glyconutrients Eight known biological sugars required for cell to cell communication and which are also referred to as monosaccharides, saccharides, necessary sugars, and necessary carbohydrates. (GlycoScience)
  • Glyconutritionals Nutritional dietary supplements designed to provide substrates for the body to use in building the glyco portion of glycoconjugates on cell surfaces. Glyconutritionals are designed to make the necessary sugars available to the cells quicker and in greater quantity. (GlycoScience)
  • Glycoproteins, Glycoforms Glyconutrients bonded with amino acids (Wikipedia)
  • Glycosylation When all cell receptors are fully bonded with complete glycoforms (Wikipedia)
  • Glycobiology, Glycomics, Glycoscience a discipline of biology that deals with the structure and function of oligosaccharides (chains of sugars). The term glycomics is derived from the chemical prefix for sweetness or a sugar, "glyco-", and was formed to follow the naming convention established by genomics (which deals with genes) and proteomics (which deals with proteins). (Wikipedia)



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