Mannose was the first active ingredient identified among the glyconutrients (essential sugars) and appears to be the foundation of all the essential sugars.
Mannose is a major player in tissue remodeling and intelligent interactions between cells.
The inclusion of Mannose in your diet can accelerate the processes of cell to cell communication.
Mannose is involved in many of the fundamental cell activities. Its deficiency can lead to physical problems.
Mannose is absorbed eight times slower than Glucose and when ingested Mannose goes directly into the bloodstream from the upper gastrointestinal tract.
Within an hour Mannose is widely distributed throughout the body tissues and fluids. It is directly utilized for glycoprotein synthesis, especially in components of the immune system.
If your diet is rich in unprocessed fruits and vegetables, you’re supplying your body with essential glyconutrients.
Problems arise when any of the foods mentioned above are highly processed. For instance, grapes and onions deliver Glucose, one of the eight glyconutrients. But when glucose is processed into table sugar, nutrients and the fiber are completely stripped away, transforming it from good nutrition into something that can damage your health.
The absence of unprocessed glyconutrients in the average diet is becoming a real concern in our modern society.
Mannose is one of the easier essential sugars to obtain in our diets. One of the main sources is the Aloe Vera Gel, which contains Acemannan, a Mannose polysaccharide.
Other food sources that Mannose can be found are Red or Black Currants, Gooseberries, Green Beans, Capsicum (Cayenne Pepper), Cabbage, Eggplant, Tomatoes, Turnips, Shittake Mushrooms and Kelp . Another good source is ground Fenugreek as it contains a high amount of Galactomannan (as does Carob Gum and Guar Gum), a polysaccharide of Mannose and Galactose.