Research concerning the science of polysaccharides has been a hot topic in recent years due to the popularity and marketing push behind the product. Many feel it is at the forefront of the new age of supplementation, while others feel there is much too much to learn about what it can and cannot do.
The Focus of Polysaccharide Research
There are some scientists that feel as if the blend of sugars that make up polysaccharides are not necessary because the body converts the simple sugars that are prevalent in your diet into the sugars that are contained in polysaccharide supplements. Also, there are skeptics that feel that many of the polysaccharide supplements are not readily digestible and the nutrients are not absorbed by the body.
These two major issues tend to be the focus of research concerning polysaccharides. In addition, there are other studies attempting to define more specifically the benefits of using polysaccharides as a part of your daily supplementation routine. The most optimism is in research concerning how polysaccharide supplementation may affect those suffering from various forms of cancers and auto-immune disorders.
Polysaccharide Research, Studies and Reports
Studies by the St. Johns Medical School, under the funding of Mannatech, have just completed a 3-year clinical study with the results to be published soon. While Mannatech was the developer and a producer/distributor of polysaccharide supplements, there is still much excitement about this report and other concerning the benefits of polysaccharides.
At present that are a plethora of studies that provide evidence that polysaccharide supplements support the following:
- Cardiovascular health
- Optimal immune system function
- Optimal cellular communication
- Proper metabolism of blood sugar
The Royal Society of Medicine determined in 2000 that polysaccharide carbohydrates are vital for the correct structure of the following:
- Biological systems of the body (ex: immune, metabolic)
- Messenger molecules
It is the correct structure of these items that leads to the correct function of these important components as well as your biological systems as a whole. Further polysaccharide research will focus on altered forms and missing items of these structures, how they affect the body and how polysaccharides can aid in correcting these structural inadequacies.