Home | About | Contact | Buy the book | Blog

Nature Cures natural health advice


Let food be your medicine









POLYSACCHARIDES (complex carbohydrate)


Polysaccharides are long chains of many monosaccharides joined together such as cellulose, dextrin, glycogen, pectin and starch and are known as complex carbohydrates.  Some can be used as potential sources of energy, whereas others can provide anti-inflammatory and immune modulating properties.


Polysaccharides stimulate the activity of macrophages which are the white blood cells that destroy bacteria, fungi, viruses, other foreign invaders and even wayward cells within the human body. They also have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect.


The dietary polysaccharides, including arabinogalactans, fucoidans, galactomannans, glucans, glucomannans, heteroglycans and pectins  have been shown, in scientific studies, to provide these effects in tissues, including the blood, GI tract and spleen. These substances are absorbed through the colon and move from the intestinal walls into the lymphatic system. When in the lymph, they interact with macrophages to activate or suppress immune response. They are also able to modulate mucosal immunity of the large intestine, an essential part of immune functions and healthy gut flora.


Polysaccharide intake also dampens the allergic response to respiratory inflammatory agents and improves survival in cancer patients. They also help to stabilise cholesterol levels, blood pressure and blood sugar so are an important dietary requirement for diabetics and individuals with heart disorders.


Natural sources of polysaccharides


  • Aloe vera

  • Bananas

  • Barley

  • Beans

  • Bran

  • Buckwheat

  • Cereals

  • Corn

  • Dates

  • Echinacea

  • Goji berries

  • Lentils

  • Lucuma

  • Mushrooms (reishi)

  • Oats

  • Peals

  • Potatoes

  • Rice (brown)

  • Rye

  • Wheat


Subscribe to the monthly newsletter


Like on Facebook


Follow on Twitter 

Nature Cures book gift

Associated subjects

"Nature cures not the physician..." Hippocrates 460 BC


Subscribe to the Nature Cures monthly newsletter

Search Nature Cures for an ailment, health disorder or disease



A-Z of health disorders

A-Z of health hazards

Acid/alkaline balance


29 x Air-purifying houseplants



Bacterial infections



Drug dangers

Fungi and yeast infections

Corneal graft information

Health and welfare links

Home-made air fresheners

Home-made cleaning products

Hygiene, toxins and health

Increase your energy

Injury, surgery and infection

Make your own home remedies

Nature cures for babies

Nature cures for pets

Obesity and how to lose weight

Pain and inflammation

Parasite and worms

Plea for cornea donations

Pregnancy and childbirth

Raw juice therapy

Shopping list

The human body

Virus infections


A-Z of minerals

A-Z of vitamins and organic nutrients

Amino acids


Antioxidants and free radicals


Cleanse and detoxify


Fatty acids

Food combinations

Food intolerances


Nature's colour codes

Nutrient deficiencies

Prebiotics and probiotics


Sports nutrition




A-Z of natural food and beverages

A-Z of medicinal herbs and spices

A-Z of root vegetables

Alcohol dangers

Ancient kitchen cures



Brine pickling

Butter v margarine

Calories in foods

Citrus fruit

Coffee and caffeine dangers

Daily essentials

Food allergies

Grow your own health garden

Healthy recipes

Juicing recipes



Oily fish

Organ meats

Raw juice therapy

Salt in the diet



Sprouting micro-diet

Sugar dangers

Whole Grains

Nature Cures

About Nature Cures

Advertise on this website

Buy the Nature Cures book

Nature Cures news

Nature Cures pocketbook series

Site map

Subscribe to the monthly newsletter

Terms of service

Web site index




DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is not intended to diagnose medical problems, prescribe remedies for illness, or treat disease. Its intention is solely educational. If you are in any doubt about your health, please consult your medical or health professional. Nature Cures does not warrant or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of the information provided here or the outcome of using it.

Nature Cures is not responsible for, and does not endorse, any content or items purchased from any external websites linked to this website. 

© Copyright 2010 Nature Cures. All rights reserved.

Email: health@naturecures.co.uk