The term glyconutrient describes a concentrated polysaccharide substance and comes in diverse forms and is targeted to the alternative health market. It generally contains a list of vitamins and minerals in a concentrated format.
Some health benefits depending on the compound mix have been documented. For example some research studies have linked improved cognitive performance to the ingestion of glyconutrients compared to control subjects. Some companies that market glyconutrients products tout it as a wonder drug for every health ailment which has not been demonstrated and represents misleading advertising.
There are however, studies that document the health benefit of additional compounds such as Spirulina and Aloe Vera, which have long been associated as an alternative health remedy.
One study suggested that Spirulina intake has been found to prevent damage caused by toxins affecting the heart, liver, kidneys, neurons, eyes, ovaries, DNA, and testicles.
Oral administration of aloe vera has been used as a useful adjunct for lowering blood glucose in diabetic patients as well as for reducing blood lipid levels in patients with hyperlipidaemia and may be effective for genital herpes and psoriasis.
Consumers are encouraged to evaluate glyconutrient health claims with caution, depending on their own unique health circumstances.
Percept Mot Skills. 2009 Feb;108(1):259-70. Glyconutrients and perception, cognition, and memory. Stancil AN, Hicks LH. Source