10. Biological value of manna

In natural products there is a certain synergy between the various constituents. Using only one constituent and eliminating the others means assuming something incomplete and unbalanced. Speaking in biological termsici , breaking down a natural product to use only an active ingredient does not make sense; thus, it is nonsense to use mannite instead of manna which has each component in its correct proportions.
However, it is necessary to specify how much more rational is the use of manna compared to that of mannite: the latter, unlike manna, does not bring to our organism other substances congenial and useful to it.
Several researchers have studied and compared the pharmacological behavior of natural mannite, ie extracted from manna, and artificial mannite, obtained from sugar molasses. They found that, although the two do not have substantial chemical differences, they perform quite different pharmacological actions. Compared to artificial mannite, natural mannite has a greater hypertonogenic action which stimulates peristalsis on digestive tract preparations of various experimental animals. It is certainly difficult to argue that this also happens in man; however, those who have experienced both mannites argue that the natural one is much more effective. The reason for this lies in the presence of small quantities of other substances, which cannot be eliminated during the crystallization process, which are highlighted by the biological reactivity of the organism.
All this is in perfect harmony with what was said at the beginningof this paragraph about the synergy between the numerous active ingredients present in the manna. From a biological point of view, it is therefore important to use the natural product as well as itreally due to its pharmaco-dynamic action it is in tune with the needs of the organism.