What are polysaccharides? What has the research taught us?

The importance of Polysaccharides

Dr. John E. Lewis has been conducting clinical research at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine on the effects of polysaccharides for the better part of the last 20 years. He and his colleagues have discovered that consuming polysaccharides on a daily basis is likely one of the keys to achieving and maintaining optimal health and to help support people who are trying to recover from a significant health challenge. Many of you may be faced with a health challenge that so far continues to result in a poor quality of life. Or, you may not have a serious health challenge, but you may have fatigue or low energy, feel unfocused or lethargic, or just not feel well. You may have tried other dietary supplements or remedies to help you feel better, but you still have not made any progress. If you have not been taking a product like Daily Brain Care, then you may be missing out on the benefits of polysaccharides and what these complex carbohydrates or sugars can do for you. I will share with you some background information about why polysaccharides are important for you to take every day and how Daily Brain Care achieves that for you.

Nutrition for Optimal Health

Optimal health can only be achieved through proper nutrition that includes the right amounts of the correct macronutrients, micronutrients, and phytonutrients. All of these nutrients are required by our cells to enable them to function properly. Ultimately, starting with each individual cell all the way up to our entire body, we need certain amounts and types of these different nutrients to function correctly and optimally. We will talk about the distinctions among these different types of nutrients in another post.

What are Polysaccharides?

In this post, I want to focus on your need for including polysaccharides in your diet, as I know how important they are for achieving and maintaining optimal health. In case you are not familiar with them, polysaccharides are simply a type of carbohydrate, which is a macronutrient. Polysaccharides are complex (i.e., poly) in their chemical structure meaning that they have several different oxygen and carbon bonds that hold them together. Polysaccharides are complex carbohydrates or starches that may be familiar to you, occurring in foods such as vegetables and whole grains. Polysaccharides are different from monosaccharides (i.e., mono = single or simple sugars) like glucose and fructose that are used for making many sweetened processed foods. The polysaccharides that I have found through my research to be the most beneficial for supporting optimal health come from aloe vera and rice bran, and these polysaccharides are both typically uncommon in the modern diet. In fact, to truly enjoy their benefits, you must consume them in concentrated amounts in a dietary supplement like Daily Brain Care. Otherwise, you would not be able to consume enough of them from their natural plant sources to achieve a therapeutic benefit.

Why are Polysaccharides Important?

The field of glycobiology (the study of the biology, biosynthesis, and structure of carbohydrates, saccharides, or sugars) shows us that the process of glycosylation (i.e., the reaction in which a polysaccharide (carbohydrate or sugar) is attached to a protein or fat to form what is called a glycoconjugate) is a very important function in our cells. These glycoconjugates are bioactive compounds that help to guide the way many of our cells function. The cells use these glycoconjugates for many different purposes, including to help regulate our immune system’s function and activity and for cells to communicate with one another. If we do not provide our cells with the needed amounts of polysaccharides in the diet to execute these basic functions, then we are not living optimally. The body is smart enough to take other, common simple sugars, like glucose and fructose, which are typically eaten too often, and transform them into the required polysaccharides needed for glycosylation, but this appears to be an inefficient way to enable our cells to function properly. Taking Daily Brain Care every day is the best way to ensure that you are getting the right types and amounts of polysaccharides that are so important to not only glycosylation, but supporting all of the body’s functions.

Polysaccharides are Vital for Health

In our research, we have shown that providing people with these concentrated polysaccharides from aloe vera and rice bran on a daily basis stimulates remarkable changes. We have shown that consuming polysaccharides will lower inflammation, which is now known to be one of the hallmark causes of all types of chronic disease. You need some inflammation when you are ill or injured, as it is the body’s natural response to healing itself in an acute situation. However, long-term, chronic uncontrolled inflammation leads to a host of problems, which oftentimes result in serious medical intervention if left unaddressed. In addition, people taking polysaccharides showed remarkable improvements in overall immune function, including an increase in our production of adult stem cells, which is so important for our daily wellbeing. It is known that the immune system is in constant contact with all other major organ systems, so it is vital to have a healthy, surveillant, and well-functioning immune system to defend you from all ongoing threats to your health and survival. Our stem cell making capacity declines with age, but the polysaccharides were able to increase that production process, which was a very exciting discovery for us. We also showed that polysaccharides helped people to have better overall cognition, which means that they think better, are more focused, recall memories, and properly respond to situations, people, and events. In addition, people have reported feeling more physically and mentally functional, having a better mood, and a generally elevated quality of life in response to taking polysaccharides daily. We will discuss in more detail the results of all of these research studies in subsequent posts, but these are some of the highlights for now.


While it may be relatively easy for the average person to get enough nutrients to satisfy energy requirements (i.e., macronutrition), it is much more difficult to get the amount and type of polysaccharides to allow the body’s cells to function. This is because these polysaccharides, particularly certain types from aloe vera and rice bran, are not very common in the modern diet. These polysaccharides are so crucial to health and wellbeing and yet unfortunately not only are most people unaware of that fact, but they would not even know where or how to get them. At Dr Lewis Nutrition™, we have a solution to meet every person’s needs at every stage of life. Daily Brain Care has been formulated to provide you with the polysaccharides that you need to be healthy that diet alone cannot provide. Daily Brain Care has no known adverse effects, it can be taken with any medication or other dietary supplement, and it does not result in a tolerance that is common with medications that are taken over a long period of time. Try Daily Brain Care today and optimally support your health!

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