Natural Sources of Glyconutrients

Not surprisingly, many of the sources of glyconutrients, especially the essential eight glyconutrients, have been used for centuries as healing medicinal compounds in many cultures around the world.

The primary sources of glyconutrients are fungi, saps, gums, and seeds, while the secondary sources are grains, fruit and vegetables.

Glyconutritional mushrooms and fungi

Mushrooms and fungi have been used medicinally in Japan and China for centuries with good results. They contain glucose, galactose and mannose which are known immune system boosters. They have anti-tumour actions, suppress inappropriate immune reactions, and act as modulators of the immune system.

Mushrooms contain a polysaccharide containing beta-glucans, called lentinant, which stimulates the white blood cells to devour invaders and detoxify or clean up the toxins they leave behind. The beta-glucans have been shown to fight cancer and tumour growth thus extending cancer survival time, fight infection in people who have suffered traumatic injuries and protect people from going into shock from severe infections, improve recovery from radiation treatments, and boost wound healing.

Saps and gums

Gum acacia from the African acacia tree contains galactose, rhamnose, arabinose, and glucuronic acid. Gum acacia has been shown to promote healing of irritated gastrointestinal mucosa and respiratory tract tissue, improve beneficial intestinal flora, control colon bifidus fermentation, and lowers triglyceride production, and serum cholesterol.

Gum ghatti from the gum of the Indian sumac contains galactose, arabinose, mannose, xylose, and glucuronic acid. The three essential glyconutrients in this gum are important for cell-cell communication and lowering cholesterol. This gum is also beneficial for bifidus fermentation.

Latrix deciduai or larch tree contains arabinogalactan. Arabinogalactan studies show it has an anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic benefit. It also has been shown to block liver lectins what mediate tumour metastisis; block settling sarcoma L01 tumour ells, and protects intestinal mucosa against disease ad cancer promoting agents. Arabinogalactan also aids recovery from chronic fatigue syndrome.

Astragalus gummifer

The glyconutrients in the stem and branches of Astragalus gummifer are galactose, arabinose, xylose, fucose, rhamnose, and galcturonic acid. The benefits include action as an antioxidant, diuretic, anti-inflammatory. It inhibits tumour growth, offsets the immune suppression of cancer chemotherapy. Astragalus gummifer also stimulates synthesis of antibodies, delays the natural aging process of blastocysts (fertilised egg cells) by one third, increases the number of stem cells in marrow and lymph and stimulates stem cell development into active immune cells.

Seaweed – Undaria pinnatifida

Undaria pinnatifida, a brown macro seaweed, is one of the richest known sources of in fucose. Fucose influences brain development (fucose is found in human breast milk); acts as an immune modulator; inhibits tumour growth and its spread; and enhances cell-cell communication. High concentrations of fucose are found at the junctions between nerves, in the kidney and testes and in the outer layer of the skin.


Echinacea contains arabinogalactan and galactose and has the benefits gained from the intake of these glyconutrients.

Aloe vera

Aloe contains mannose, galactose and arabinose. The leaves are particularly rich in polysaccharides that provide healing and anti-infection properties when used both externally and internally. Aloe acts as an antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-allergy and antiinflammatory. It also protects the liver from chemical injury.

Taking glyconutrients

Glyconutrient supplementation is considered generally safe and non-toxic. Anyone with diabetes should consult their doctor before taking some of the products. Some of the glyconutrients products on the market are made from dried fungi or yeasts and people with allergies to these substances need to avoid these products. If you experience fast or irregular breathing, skin rashes, hives, or itching after taking any supplement call your doctor or the company’s customer service department. For some of the supplements you need to check with your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. There are different glyconutritional supplement products on the market and the ingredients and quality standards may vary.