A "Glyconutrient Sham"

Ronald I. Schnaar, Hudson H. Freeze

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)652-657
Number of pages6
Issue number9
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008


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  • Mannatech
  • Nutraceutical
  • Texas attorney general

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry

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