What are polysaccharides? - Back
A polysaccharide is a carbohydrate structure that produces a long chain of Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen cells. Polysaccharides are formed with glycosidic bonds which hold the chain together. In nutrition, polysaccharides are digested in the body and used as potential energy sources. There are many benefits to this macro-molecule. They can reduce cholesterol, blood pressure, and stabilize blood sugar.
Polysaccharides are a broad term for any sugar molecule that has a glycogen bond. Carbohydrates provide energy in the body and it is the first thing burned when one exercises. Carbohydrates are often called the number one energy source for the human body, and that is correct. Also, fatigue seems to melt away when Polysaccharides are eaten. Without carbohydrates, one would often feel weak, dizzy, and have low blood sugar. Polysaccharides are praised for their soluble, long-lasting energy and low glycemic index. Many diets proclaiming low-carb are blaming the wrong nutrient. People need carbohydrates to live and perform the essential duties of the body.
Are all polysaccharides the same?
No. In the same way that you find different types carbohydrates in different foods, fructose in fruit, lactose in milk, for example – each of which has different properties - the same goes for polysaccharides in medicinal and gourmet mushrooms. So whereas polysaccharides often provide the same fundamental benefits (energy storage, liver protective effects, for example), for different types of mushrooms you get different sets of benefits provided by their unique polysaccharide structure.
Benefits of polysaccharides
Polysaccharides provide many other benefits to the body. First, they enhance the mood by increasing the amount of feel-good chemicals in the brain. They also support healthy blood sugar levels which are very important for diabetics. Diabetics can supplement Polysaccharides in their diet instead of simple carbohydrates that enter the bloodstream too quickly and cause an unsafe spike in blood sugar.
Polysaccharides have a great effect in the intestine when they are digested, improving the intestinal health, helping to reduce certain cancers, and slowing things down so that the energy is released slowly, stabilizing the blood sugar.
Another benefit is that they promote cardiovascular health and immunity health and prevent many degenerative diseases like heart disease. Liver function improves when polysaccharides are ingested.
In medicine, polysaccharides are used to heal common ailments, heal wounds, treat diarrhoea and relieve heart burn.
General universal benefits of polysaccharides
- Polysaccharide support a positive mood.
- Stop the effects of fatigue. Promotes a healthy libido.
- Support healthy blood pressure.
- Encourage healthy blood sugar levels and increases calcium absorption.
- Lower cholesterol and blood lipids
- Can inhibit tumor growth, help prevent certain cancers and neutralize the side effects of Chemotherapy.
- Supports healthy energy levels. Polysaccharides have the power to reawaken the body's energy reserves.
- Act as an anti-inflammatory by supporting the body's anti-inflammatory processes.
- Helps balance immune function, combat autoimmune disease and encourages healthy immune function.
- Promote cardiovascular health.
- Promote healthy liver function.