Glyconutrients are plant carbohydrates or sugars. There are over 200 carbohydrates but only eight are essential to bodily function. These are; xylose, fucose, galactose, glucose, mannose, N-acetylglucosamine, N-acetylgalactosamine, and N-acetylneuraminic acid.
These 8 essential glyconutrients combine with other molecules eg proteins and lipids, to form glycoforms or glycoconjugates which coat cell surfaces. When they combine with protein molecules, they form glycoproteins that coat the surface of every cell with a nucleus in the body. Similarly, when glyconturients bind with lipids or fats, they form glycolipids which also adhere to the cell surface.
The discovery of the 8 essential glyconutrients occurred in the 1990s. They are the key to effective cellular communication and proper cell function.
We can get the 8 essential glyconutrients from fresh organic fruit and vegetables. Because of the added stressors and toxins that impact our body today, our food cannot always supply sufficient glyconutrients and supplementation may be necessary.