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Give me some sugar for the holidays!

Of course - food for thought!!

Did you know there are "sugars" that are not sweet, but are still classified as sugars? Today is to introduce our sweet friend, Mannose. "Mannose is a special type of simple sugar found in Aloe) causes growth retardation in several tumor types in vitro, and enhances cell death in response to major forms of chemotherapy..." as described in 'Nature - International Journal of Science' (1). Wait, back track - it chokes and poisons cancer cells?!? The study as described in the article reduced tumor growth. It's common that we hear that mannose helps with Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) as described in the article 'D-Mannose for UTI Prevention Validated in a Clinical Trial' (2).

" In a study of more than 300 women with a history of recurrent UTIs, researchers treated the women with either two grams of D-mannose, 50 milligrams of an antibiotic, or no treatment daily for six months. D-Mannose is a naturally occurring sugar that's closely related to glucose. Only 15 percent of those taking the D-mannose had a recurrent UTI compared to 20 percent for the antibiotic group (both of which were significantly lower than the no-treatment group) (3)."

In conclusion of the Nature article, the authors "consider that the administration of mannose could be a simple, safe and selective therapy in the treatment of cancer, and could be applicable to multiple tumour types. " (1)





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