View Full Version : Glyconutrients???
While browsing about Lupus, I saw this site about Glyconutirents. Does anyone try the Glyconutrients?
09-30-2006, 04:53 PM
My best advice about glyconutrients is save your money - this is basically a multi-level marketing scam designed to capitalize on people's interest in natural health products.
Glyconutrients are basically plant sugars (saccarides) that your body uses to form substances called glycoproteins. But unless you have a very rare enzyme deficiency, your body can synthesize the saccarides it needs from your normal food intake.
There is some legitimate medical research going on about the role of polysaccarides in cancer growth, but the research is in its early stages and still years away from concrete results.
The company that started the glyconutrient buzz is called Mannatech, basically a multi-level marketing scheme- they are currently being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission and the SEC for fraudulent health claims; there are several class action lawsuits pending in the United States, Canada and Australia.
Many of the "medical experts" who write books about these products are actually paid employees of the companies that make them. Although there are many excellent alternative and complementary health products out there, there are just as many health frauds and scams. You have to remember that under federal law, most of these products are considered "dietary supplements" and they are not tested, regulated or monitored by the Food and Drug Administration. So unless a company claims that its products actually "cure" a disease, they can say pretty much anything they want to about it. Usually, the FDA gets involved only when someone dies or is seriously injured by the product. The Federal Trade Commission is the agency responsible for investigating fraudulent or deceptive claims made by these companies, but they are overwhelmed by the sheer number of products on the market, so they generally don't get involved until someone files a complaint about that product.
The FDA has a series of articles on how to recognize health frauds, and you can also check for information on websites like quackwatch that monitor health frauds. But the best defense is your own common sense - any product that sounds too good to be true usually is. And no one product can cure every disease, so a "one product cures everything" or "miracle cure" should set off the warning bells.
Hope this helps!
Thanks for the detailed information. It helps a lot.
10-04-2006, 05:09 PM
You know these companies make millions on us. We are despret for any thing that sounds like a cure. We want to be normal. I wish I knew that because they sure did take my 250.00 dollars. Yet in all they never worked and are sitting in my cabinent.