All Glyconutrients give the immune system enough power so that the resistance level against stress increases. These natural substances are very important for intercellular communication in the body.
Glyconutrients also known as “healthy sugars” have many benefits for better health or in unhealthy situations. The first effects are immune system balance and stress-related diseases. We will discuss today about some glyconutrients, then benefits and my positive experiences to these.
Immune System and Stress
The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is the middle point of stress. Our immune system watches & guides this axis. It is our own protecting wall (guard wall) against viruses, bacteria and parasites and any other enemy that assaults our body. Too much stress makes this protecting wall fragile and enemies can penetrate it easily.
Stress can affect the immune system in several ways such as reduced neutrophil activity, cytotoxic T-lymphocytes and natural killer cell activities (NK-Cells). As a base treatment I recommend natural dietary supplements for immune support. The immune system and stress-balance go hand in hand. Lower the immune system, higher the stress levels.
AHCC – The Answer to Stress Reactions
AHCC stands for Active Hexose Correlated Compound and is an extract obtained from in a patented process of cultivation. AHCC has a rich source of polysaccharides. These polysaccharides (beta-1,3-glucan and activated hemi cellulose) i.a. are an ideal immune modulator. Over 700 hospitals and medical clinics in Japan recommend AHCC on a regular base as part of an immune maintenance regimen.
AHCC & Stress-Induced Disease
- High blood pressure
- Heart stress (cardiac arrhythmia)
- All toxin-induced stress
- High blood sugar
- Adrenaline increase
- Cortisol increase
- High cholesterol (caused by high adrenaline)
Cases of Patients
No. 1: Mrs. K. from Germany had in the work too much stress. She drank very much and very strong coffee also in the evenings and she eat every day gummy bears or any type of gummies with gelatine, sugar, artificial colours etc. After a while she became stress-induced symptoms such as cardiac arrhythmias and high blood pressure. This was the answer, reaction to this chronic stress (long-term). Doctors could not find out what was wrong with her. Stress, too much candy and coffee every day causes nutrition-deficits. I recommended 1.000 mg AHCC/day, ester-c, 400 mg/day magnesium and B-vitamins. The blood pressure got normalized and other stress-related symptoms too.
No. 2: Mrs. R. from USA, Texas had environmental-induced stress from pesticides and sulfur. I recommended AHCC (1.000 mg) every morning. Also she took ester-c and vitamin B12 (1 mg/day). Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamine or adenosylcobalamine) may be helpful especially against food intolerance especially included pesticide or sulfur.
Polysaccharides Power from little Goji Fruit
Goji berries are important to support a healthy immune system (i.a. for stress balance) and intercellular communication too. These berries contain unique compounds known as Lycium barbarum polysaccharides such as rhamnose, xylose, glucose, mannose, arabinose & galactose. The Goji berry also has the polysaccharides LBP1, LBP2, LBP3 and LBP4.
I recommend dietary supplements, juice, extract or dried goji for all type of stress.
Case of Patient
Mrs. L., from Austria/Europe has stress-related blood pressure problems. Goji Berry contains natural substances to reduce and regulate high blood pressure. She take 20 Goji berries/day. Learn more about High blood pressure and Stress in my article Stress causes Cardiovascular Diseases.
Goji Berry and Stress-Related Benefits
- Helps to regulate high blood pressure
- Regulates blood sugar
- Helps digestion
- Memory boost
- Immune boost
- Energy boost (produce HGH, read more in my article How to Improve Low Stress Resistance)
- Fight free radical damage
- Lowers cholesterol. Learn more to cholesterol & stress in my article Stress Causes Cardiovascular Diseases.
Natural Foods Sources of Glyconutrients
Our daily nutrition consists vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, dietary fiber, protein, fat and carbohydrate, all that is important for our life. But the daily food has also healthy glyconutrients (good sugars). They are important for us too.
Arabinogalactan: I recommend this in long term stress phase. Do you have chronic disease? Then it may be that you have more stress as normal and this is the answer of your body.
A long term disease produces in most case chronic stress reaction. I recommend a dietary supplement of arabinogalactan standardized to f.e. 85 % or 98 % arabinogalactan from larch. Arabinogalactan is for me an ideal option in treatment of chronic (short term) stress. I recommend this in combination with vitamin B2 (50 mg to 100 mg/day) and lycopene (at least 10 mg/day).
Arabinogalactan is contained in tomato, carrot, mushroom (f.e. Reishi), corn, pear and coconut.
Galactose: mushrooms, tomato, leek, asparagus, pumpkin, spinach, beans green, peas green, onion, carrot, cauliflower, broccoli, avocado, eggplant, mango, apples, apricot, banana and dried fruits too.
Mannose: Cranberry, soybeans, beans green, tomato, eggplant, cabbage, aloe vera gel juice. D-Mannose as dietary supplement is a natural alternative to antibiotics for urinary tract infections. This may for many people of the world an important information.
Xylose: pear, guava, raspberry, broccoli, spinach, eggplant, peas green, beans green, cabbage, okra, corn, aloe vera gel juice.
Fuctose: kelp, wakame, nutritional yeast/beer yeast.
Glucose: mango, banana, cocao, garlic, aloe vera gel juice.
Better Life with Polysaccharides in Stress situation
Arabinogalactan: Research conducted at the University of Minnesota, USA revelated that Arabinogalactan stimulates immune cells with a higher intensity than Echinacea plant. Arabinogalactan (also known as “healthy sugar”) is a water-soluble polysaccharide to support generally immune system function and the immune-stress-balance.
Fructooligosaccharide: It helps to maintain a healthy intestinal mucous membrane, included for a better immune system. Fructooligosaccharide has a strengthening effect on the intestinal barrier and a reduction in potentially pathogenic bacteria in our intestinal system. Every day fructooligosaccharide is a good immune-intestinal-stress balance. Give two pinch powder of fructooligosaccharide in yoghurt, fruit salad, cake, smoothie etc.
Betaglucan: This polysaccharide is in oat flakes, oat milk or its products. These foods contain alpha & beta-glucan. Betaglucan also is contained in mushrooms or as dietary supplements. Read more about the topic mushrooms – one possible option to stress indications in my article Improve Immune System to Lower Stress Levels.
Aloe Vera: The gel of aloe vera contains mannose, galactose, arabinose. Aloe vera acts as an anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal. Aloe vera drink gel also may be helpful for blood sugar regulation.
Echinacea: It has arabinogalactan. This plant is a good help to infection. It is anti-fungal too.
- D’Adamo P. Larch arabinogalactan is a novel immune modulator. Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients 1996, July; 156: 42-46.
- Emil I. Mondoa; Mindy Kitei, the book: Sugars – That Heal, 2001.
- Effects of pure crude Lycium barbarum polysaccharides on immunopharmacology, published in Zhong Yao Cai. 1999 May;22(5):246-9.
- Dan Kenner, Treatment of immune dysfunction from post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic disease with AHCC, Townsend Letter for Doctors, December 2001, pp. 68-72.
- Dr. Shaun Hutchinson, Glycoproteins and their benefits for health, Ezinearticles.com