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What are some functions of galactose?

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Galactose has several functions, including enhancing the immune system, maintaining bacterial flora in the intestines, helping to prevent certain conditions and inhibiting tumor growth. Scientists are still researching more benefits that can be associated with this sugar.

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Galactose is a simple sugar that is normally transformed in the liver before being used up as energy. This sugar is quite abundant in human diets and helps in a number of functions. Below are a few of the most important functions associated with the sugar.

  1. Enhances immune system
  2.  The human immune system helps in fighting diseases and other infections. High levels of this substance in the body is helps in the management of diseases, such as arthritis.
  3. Maintains bacterial flora
  4.  Some bacteria are quite important, because they live in the human intestines and help in a number of processes. This sugar enables such bacteria to thrive in appropriate numbers.
  5. Kidney functions
  6.  The kidney is an important human organ used for various functions, including toxin removal. Galactose helps this organ function properly.
  7. Treatment of certain conditions
  8.  The presence of this sugar in the body helps prevent or treat certain conditions, including healing of wounds, lowering the risk of developing cataracts and decreasing inflammation while boosting absorption of calcium.
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