Glyconutrients, what is the hype?

The term glyconutrient describes a concentrated polysaccharide substance and comes in diverse forms and is targeted to the alternative market. It generally contains a in a concentrated format.

Some benefits depending on the compound mix have been documented. For example some research studies have linked improved to the ingestion of glyconutrients compared to control subjects. Some companies that market glyconutrients products tout it as a wonder drug for every ailment which has not been demonstrated and represents misleading advertising.

There are however, studies that document the benefit of additional compounds such as Spirulina and Aloe Vera, which have long been associated as an alternative 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 claims with caution, depending on their own unique circumstances.


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