Journal Article

A “Glyconutrient Sham”

Ronald L Schnaar and Hudson H Freeze

in Glycobiology

Published on behalf of Society for Glycobiology

Volume 18, issue 9, pages 652-657
Published in print September 2008 | ISSN: 0959-6658
Published online September 2008 | e-ISSN: 1460-2423 | DOI:
A “Glyconutrient Sham”

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The discipline of glycobiology contributes to our understanding of human health and disease through research, most of which is published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Recently, legitimate discoveries in glycobiology have been used as marketing tools to help sell plant extracts termed “glyconutrients.” The glyconutrient industry has a worldwide sales force of over half a million people and sells nearly half a billion dollars (USD) of products annually. Here we address the relationship between glyconutrients and glycobiology, and how glyconutrient claims may impact the public and our discipline.

Keywords: aloe glucomannan; Ambrotose®; larch arabinogalactan; Mannatech; nutraceutical; Texas Attorney General

Journal Article.  4364 words. 

Subjects: Carbohydrates

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