Medical information on Polysaccharides
Medical information on polysaccharides is still a bit scattered and sketchy, but as more studies are done, the over all impact will become much clearer. One thing that is very clear is the overall affect that adding polysaccharides to the average consumer's diet has on the individual's health. Adding these simple carbohydrates or simple sugars to the modern diet can help sustain and even repair the human immune system. Polysaccharides can even assist in tissue and organ repair, enabling the body to heal itself in many cases.
The Cancer Center has advocated the addition of such supplements to their patient's diets for several years now. Even newer, more disturbing illnesses like fibermyalgia, or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, have shown great improvement with the addition of polysaccharides. While not all of the studies done on polysaccharides and its impact on these illnesses have been clinical trials, there is enough compelling evidence that polysaccharides can ease the pain and discomfort caused by these disorders.
What makes these simple sugars work against such illnesses? Polysaccharides are important for inter-cellular communications. Basically, these simple compounds are important for allowing the cells to communicate with each other. Without this vital communication, the cells that make up the immune system or the endocrine couldn't talk to each other to find out if something was wrong. While the process is actually much more complicated then this, it's the simplest way to describe the process.
According to scientists, many basic sugars are needed for the continued communication of these cells. These saccharides are glucose, fructose, xylose, galactose, N-acetylneuraminic acid, N-acetylglucosamine, mannose, and N-acetylgalacetosamine. In order for any single supplement to be considered a complete formula, it must contain a majority of these simple sugars. According to scientists, these simple sugars are just as important to our bodies as essential amino acids.
So, how do these sugars affect out health? Test and studies, both clinical and personal, have proven that the addition of polysaccharides can accelerate wound healing, ease allergies and viral as well as bacterial symptoms. Polysaccharides can also ease the effects of AIDS, asthma, fibermyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Rheumatoid arthritis, as well as Gulf War Syndrome symptoms. This might seem like a pretty varied and impressive list, but one must keep in mind that all of these illnesses are linked through the auto-immune system.
It is proven that polysaccharides can help relieve some of the more toxic effects of chemo and radiation therapies, traditionally used in treating most cancers. It is also been proven that the addition of these polysaccharides can have a positive effect in helping these therapies increase their cancer-killing potency. More recent testing has indicated that polysaccharides might also have a positive effect on the brain and nervous system. This could mean a more natural form of help for people suffering from anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, and memory loss. There is even hope that polysaccharides could even provide help for victims of Alzheimer's disease. Already there are indications that polysaccharides can help lower cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL levels.
For something that is claimed to do so much, there are apparently no dangerous or toxic side effects. Polysaccharides are used to restore the body's basic functions. The human body is quite capable of doing the rest. Although further study is needed, the future looks quite bright for these simple sugars and the miracles they seem to promise. Even if they can only do a fraction of what they are credited with, many scientists and doctors are of the opinion that polysaccharides deserve a closer look.