Sugars that Heal
Nature has blessed us with a bounty of healing fruits and vegetables. Each year I eagerly await cherry season, delicious sweet cherries are one of my favorites. Aside from their amazing flavor and deep red color, cherries seem to me like little balls of sunshine. Cherries and Noni are examples of fruits which contain healing sugars called glyconutrients. When fruits and vegetables are allowed to ripen naturally the sun activates the production of powerful life sustaining nutrients within them called glyco-nutrients. Glyconutrients are a combination of 8 essential sugars which aid in cellular communication and play a role in building enzymes, hormones and antibodies. These sugars bind on the surface of the cells, allowing the cells to communicate with one another.
Glyconutrients play an important role in keeping the immune system healthy. In the case of auto immune disorders, glyconutrients help the body to distinguish which cells belong to the body, from those that are invaders. Overcoming allergies, fighting viruses, and recovering from chronic illness all require properly working cellular communication by the immune system. If deficiencies in any of the essential sugars occur, the needed glycoproteins are not synthesized, limiting the cell membranes ability to carry out the necessary cell-to-cell communications. This break in communication inhibits the cell's natural ability to defend against disease and illness.
Glyconutrients are needed to form glycoproteins which carry hormonal messages across the cell lining. These specialized proteins assist hormones from the pancreas, thyroid, hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenals to get into our cells and deliver their messages. Someone who exhibits low thyroid symptoms may be making enough thyroid hormone, but is unable to transport the hormones into the cell due to a lack of glyconutrients.
Note: Fruits or vegetables that have NOT been ripened on the vine are deficient in glyconutrients. Tree or vine ripened fruits and vegetables create glyconutrients - sugars that activate healing and cellualr communication in the body.
Note: when you eat processed sugars, your cells will substitute these sugars for the essential glyconutrient sugars. This results in lowered health and decreased cellular communication.
Noni juice, a stable food source in Polynesia for centuries, is a good source of glyconutrients. When I can’t get enough vine ripened fruits and vegetables, I bring Noni into my diet. Noni is a nutritional tonic, which means it contains nutrients to build and strengthen the body and improve energy. Noni juice is a great source of glyconutrients and antioxidants, making it a great plant to help build and support the immune system. Noni has also been shown to inhibit cell proliferation (tumor growth) and improve allergies. Because Noni is immune modulating instead of immune stimulating, it is often used to re-balance the immune system in people suffering from auto-immune illness. Noni benefits digestion as well, the compounds in Noni appear to have the ability to increase the absorption, assimilation and utilization of vitamins and minerals (perhaps in part due to the glyconutrient content). Noni also offers support to the structural system, it has anti-inflammatory properties, making it a popular choice for those suffering with arthritis. Noni has been shown to support the nervous system and can help to improve sleep patterns.
From an emotional/energetic perspective, Noni is also about attuning to natural cycles of gardening and working with the earth in a proactive way. Noni helps us to re-center ourselves and remember to take time for self-care and cultivates the developing of our intuition. This is just a fraction of the benefits attributed to this amazing plant, and is a reflection of the importance of consuming organic, naturally grown and harvested fruits and vegetables to help build health and vitality.
I hope this information helps you build a healthier, happier you.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this publication is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose illness nor prescribe treatment. We do not claim or imply that any instruction, advice, counsel, recommendations or products that we provide will cure, treat, prevent, or mitigate any disease condition. They are provided solely for nourishing and strengthening the natural function of the various body organs and systems.
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