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Natural Glyconutrients:
Edible & Available Food Sources Rich In Glyconutrients

Much in the same way our body requires essential amino acids and essential fatty acids so do we require all eight glyconutrients for optimal health. Our body does not manufacture all of its

own glyconutrients. The breakdown of glucose and galactose should ideally provide us with all complete and natural glyconutrients.

In order for this transformation to occur, we should be consuming a mostly raw diet. But our fresh produce is not what it used to be and after the long list of things that happen to an apple before you get to eat it, the fruit is rendered nutrition-less or valueless and most certainly not rich with the active enzymes our body so desires for the glycobiology process.

Juice, soups and smoothies using the whole fruit or vegetable, including the valuable fiber with all the vitamins, minerals and the phytonutrients, is the best way to fight disease.

Research shows that phytonutrients, and the more recently identified glyconutrients, can significantly reduce free radicals which cause damage in the body and thereby end the disease causing process. That is why eating daily the 7-13 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables and eating good whole grains -without chemical additives - is the one most important thing you can do to protect, or regain your health and aid in fighting off auto-immune diseases and strengthening your immune system.

Natural or free glyconutrients can be found in some grains, gums, seeds and organic naturally ripened, fresh fruit and vegetables.

Below is a list of natural glyco nutrient rich food sources:


  • Sugar cane, fructose (fruit sugar), raw honey, bee pollen,
  • Starch, rice, corn, potatoes, grapes, bananas, mangoes, cherries, strawberries,
  • Aloe, liquorice, sarsaparilla, hawthorn, garlic, echinacea.
  • Cordyceps mushrooms
  • Too much glucose is unhealthy but too little can also be a problem.

Elderly Alzheimers patients register much lower glucose levels than those with organic brain disease from stroke or other vascular disease.


  • Dairy products
  • Most fruits such as apricots, blackberries, cranberries, cherries, currants, dates, grapes, kiwi fruit, mango, orange, nectarine, passion fruit, peaches, plums, pineapple, prunes, rhubarb. Pectin found in apple and oranges.
  • Echinacea and boswellia
  • In vegetables the richest sources of glyconutrients are: avocado, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, potato, eggplant, tomatoes, leeks, asparagus, lettuce, mushrooms, beetroot, parsnip, peas, pumpkin, spinach, beans, onions, broccoli, Brussels sprouts.
  • Fenugreek and chestnuts.

(APPLES - Apples are loaded with pectin and soluble fiber that soak up the excess cholesterol in your intestines, before it enters the blood and causes problems in the arteries. When pectin leaves the body, it takes unwanted fat and cholesterol with it. If you are buying commercial juices or juicing at home, most of the apples’ detoxifying and nourishing pulp is removed and thrown away. What is left is the high sugar liquid which is absorbed into the bloodstream too quickly and drives up the blood sugar levels.)

(ORANGES - Oranges help prevent clogged arteries by relaxing the arteries, which can also lower blood pressure. However, getting the pulp, fiber, phytonutrients and the pith is an important part of that process. All of which is missing from most juices.)

(CARROTS - Research at Northwestern University has shown that middle-aged men who ate at least one carrot a day lowered their risk of death from cancer by 37% more than men who did not. Another study at Rutgers University indicates that carrots and other foods rich in beta-carotene may significantly reduce the risk of heart disease. If you drink the entire carrot you get the beta-carotene and alpha-carotene, the super antioxidants. Whole food juice gives you six times the fiber, which makes the juice more satisfying, and counteracts the high concentration of natural sugars in the carrots and other fruits, which prevents the rise in blood sugar levels).



  • Aloe, shiitake, cordyceps, kelp,
  • Black and red currants, gooseberries,
  • Soybeans
  • Green beans, capsicum, cabbage, eggplant, tomatoes, and turnip.
  • Fenugreek contains plenty of galactomannan which is a polysaccharide of mannose and galactose. Other sources of galactomannan are carob and guar gum.


  • Psyllium seeds,
  • Kelp,
  • Guava, pears, loganberries, blackberries, raspberries,
  • Aloe, echinacea, boswellia,
  • Broccoli, spinach, eggplant, peas, green beans, cabbage, corn


  • Shark cartilage,
  • Bovine beef cartilage,
  • Shiitake,
  • Chitin (crustacean shells)


  • Shark cartilage,
  • Bovine beef cartilage,
  • Chondrotin sulphate,
  • Red algae if you can find it.

N-acetylneuraminic acid:

  • Whey protein. There is a hot debate going on as to whether the whey should be isolated or concentrated. (Some believe that the concentrate is richer than the isolate).
  • Hen eggs

How to add the glyconutrients naturally into your diet:

  • Eat as much of the fruits and vegetables listed above. Ideally your fresh produce should be organic.
  • Use Fenugreek in stir-fries and curries in winter.
  • Use wakame in salads, stir fries, sushi, and get creative with this versatile weed.
  • Psyllium husk is also good roughage or fibre for sweeping out the colon. A teaspoon with water in the mornings on an empty stomach helps to avoid constipation.
  • A smoothie of low fat and sugar free yoghurt with whey protein also gives you great energy for the day as is well known by body builders. Here you can also add medicinal mushroom powder into your smoothie and a handful of berries.
  • Lecithin has been noted to increase absorption of nutrients. Add a tablespoon to your smoothie.
  • Dried or fresh mushrooms lightly chopped into a stir fry.
  • A shot glass of Aloe drink in the mornings will be enormously helpful for indigestion, constipation and ulcers.
  • Use Xylitol instead of sugar. It is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and kinder to the teeth.
  • There are some wonderful herbal teas that contain liquorice and Echinacea. Drink two or three cups a day. Echinacea is a powerful immune system booster.
  • Here is a glyconutrient recipe you can try.

Of course, to get the required amount of natural glyconutreints available naturally from foodstuffs into your diet, you will need to not only source, but consume vast quantities, so unfortunately you might be left with no alternative but to purchase commercially available glyconutrients to supplement your normal intake.


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