Sugars that Heal??? That doesn’t sound right!

January 31, 2009 at 2:04 am Leave a comment

We’ve been bombarded by the media with warnings about the evils of consuming too much sugar. “Sugars That Heal” sounds like a contradiction in terms to us.

It is true that too much of the wrong kind of sugar is NOT good for you. If you need convincing of this, read 124 Ways Sugar Can Ruin Your Health by Nancy Appleton at http://www.formerfatguy.com/articles/124reasons-no-sugar.asp

As with most things though, moderation is the key! Unfortunately, there is a lot of sugar hidden in processed foods that we don’t even know about (unless we’re a diligent label reader), so moderating our sugar intake is difficult.

However, it turns out that not all sugars are bad! The “Sugars That Heal” are glyconutrients – also known as saccharides or plant sugars (very different from the white stuff you put in your coffee each morning). Glyconutrients are one of the most important breakthroughs in recent medical science.

Glyconutrients are essential for immune system function and inter-cellular communication within the body. A study published in Harper’s Biochemistry reported that the body needs eight specific sugars and that only two of them are prominent in our modern diets. (1)

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Every cell in every system of every human organ requires these eight essential sugars. We don’t get all the glyconutrients we need from our modern western diet, even when we concentrate on eating fresh, raw plant foods. Some reasons for this are:

– Green harvesting of produce – bananas and tomatoes are green even as they are shipped!
– Agricultural food crops are grown in mineral depleted soils
– The use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and preservatives
– Modern food processing and methods of packaging.

We are consuming an increasing amount of foods which are calorie dense but nutrionally inadequate. Look at the average diet of children today – soft drinks, processed cereal, pizza, lollies, fast food and their favorite and often only source of vegetables: French fries. Could this be why we are seeing a dramatic rise in ADHD? Autism has gone from 1 in 10,000 children to 1 in 150 in just ten years. Adult-onset diabetes is occurring at epidemic rates in children as young as eight.

Adults are not faring any better with their food choices, as this quote from the Gale Encyclopedia of Public Health shows:

“It is recognized that dietary behaviors influence the development of many chronic diseases, including coronary heart disease, some cancers (e.g. breast, colon, prostate, stomach, and cancers of the head and neck), type II diabetes mellitus, and osteoporosis. Recommendations for healthful dietary behavior include limiting consumption of high-fat foods, having a high intake of fruit and vegetables, increasing fiber, and controlling caloric intake to prevent obesity.” (2)

The high incidence of obesity, heart disease, cancer and type II diabetes show the lack of success dietary changes are having in preventing disease.

What can take us from this downhill spiral of poor nutrition and its consequences to the sought-after state of vibrant health and wellness? Glyconutrients provide the missing link in nutrition to boost the body’s immune system, and increase energy levels. These “sugars that heal” are certainly a good news story.

You may be asking yourself : ‘What diseases do the glyconutrients treat?’ The answer is: NONE! Glyconutrients don’t ‘treat diseases’, their role is to improve cell to cell communication and thus promote optimal health in your body.

From my own experience having battled with chronic fatigue I know that I had an immediate improvement when I began taking glyconutrients. After continuing to take glyconutrients for four years I now enjoy better health than I have ever experienced in my life before.

Are these “sugars that heal” really a better solution for vibrant health and wellness? I encourage you to find out for yourself. Go to http://www.mannapages.com/suzi if you would like to see product information, or email me if you have questions: SuziMorrisBlog@gmail.com.

REFERENCES:
(1) Murray RK, Granner DK, Mayes PA, Rodwell VW (eds): Harper’s Biochemistry. Stamford, Appleton and Lange; 2000:677-677.
(2) ( Author Info: KAREN GLANZ, JAY MADDOCK, The Gale Group Inc., Macmillan Reference USA, New York, Gale Encyclopedia of Public Health, 2002 found on the web at http://www.healthline.com/galecontent/behavior-health-related/2).

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