We have received quite a number of letters from all over the world wondering how to put glyconutrients into their diets without resorting to expensive supplements. As a result, we have prepared the following. This information is already buried within the Essential Sugars pages, but now we shall simplify the search.
A variety of good, basic, clean food is always the number one choice. This avoids most health problems and helps reverse many others. It is also wise to remember that there is no “magic bullet” in fixing a health problem. No one nutrient, supplement, or a combination of them should ever be taken without the hard work of changing the diet to a more nutritious one full of its own synergistic forces. While essential sugars are very important to health, so are essential fatty acids (lipids) and essential amino acids (proteins). Having too much of a few of the “essentials” and not enough of the others is bound to cause health problems. For example, it is easy to see health problems that result from overconsumption of glucose or omega-6 fatty acids. Therefore, do not rely solely on any one “essential” nutrient.
Adding Aloe Vera Gel to the diet is thought to give most, if not all, of the eight essential sugars. The gel should not be confused with such other aloe forms as the juice or the capsules which contain the latex. Both contain anthraquinone, a potent laxative. The label on any bottle of gel should state 100% gel. You can read more about the Aloe plant in the Dictionary portion here.
Another good source is a site by an Australian nutritionist, Dr David Bird (MbChB, Dip Clinical Nutrition, FACNEM [Fellow of the Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine]). Dr. Bird has developed a sugar-nutrient powder that costs a fraction of any commercial product. It does take more effort to make; but for those on a strict budget, this is an alternative to consider in addition to incorporating the following foods to their diets.
Food Sources in a Nutshell
- Fucose (not to be confused with Fructose, a fruit sugar that is not essential) is readily found in several medicinal mushrooms, and such seaweeds as kelp and wakame, and beer yeast.
- Galactose is everywhere: Dairy Products; Fruits (Apples, Apricots, Bananas, Blackberries, Cherries, Cranberries, Currants, Dates, Grapes, Kiwi Fruit, Mangos, Oranges, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Pineapples, Plums, Prunes, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Passionfruit; Herbs (Echinacea, Boswellia, Fenugreek); Chestnuts; Vegetables (Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Avocado, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Potatoes, Eggplant, Tomatoes, Leeks, Asparagus, Lettuce, Green Beans, Mushrooms (not buttons), Beetroot, Onions, Parsnips, Green Peas, Pumpkins, Spinach.
- Glucose is also everywhere, but the following examples are better sources than what is found in the average diet that consists of processed foods: Maple Syrup, Honey, Grapes, Bananas, Cherries, Strawberries, Mangoes, Aloe Vera Gel, Licorice Herb, Sarsaparilla, Hawthorn, Garlic, Kelp, and Echinacea.
- Mannose is not difficult to find. One of the main sources is Aloe Vera Gel. Other sources include Fenugreek (contains a high amount of galactomannan [as does Carob gum and Guar gum], a polysaccharide of Mannose and Galactose), Black or Red Currants, Gooseberries, Green Beans, Capsicum (cayenne pepper), Cabbage, Eggplant, Tomatoes, Turnips, Shiitake Mushrooms, and Kelp.
- N-acetylgalactosamine is abundant in Bovine and Shark cartilages (Shark cartilage should not be used by those with diabetes or kidney disease), red algae called Dumontiaceae, and as a constituent of Chondroitin sulfate (a useful sugar but not essential). It is often combined with Glucosamine as a treatment for osteoarthritis. Using both together Glucosamine and Chondroitin the absorption rates of both dramatically increases.
- N-acetylglucosamine is most often found as Glucosamine Sulfate, a dietary supplement used to treat arthritis. It is also found in Shiitake Mushrooms (as a constituent of chitin) and in Bovine and Shark cartilage. (Shark cartilage should not be used by diabetics or those with kidney disease.)
- N-acetylneuraminic acid (sialic acid) is found in whey protein isolate or concentrate – not the powder (the concentrate has a higher amount than the isolate) and hen’s egg (organic is best)
- Xylose (not to be confused with Xylitol, a sugar substitute, can be found in Guava, Pears, Blackberries, Loganberries, Raspberries, Aloe Vera Gel, Kelp, Echinacea, Boswellia, Psyllium, Broccoli, Spinach, Eggplant, Peas, Green Beans, Okra, Cabbage, and Corn.
(Updated June 2011)