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Mannatech Launches GlycoLEAN(R) Body System in Canada

COPPELL, Texas, Dec. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Canadians hoping to shed unwanted fat and get fit in 2003 will have plenty of help. Mannatech, Inc. (NASDAQ: MTEX) , a leader in the dietary supplement industry, today announced its GlycoLEAN(R) Body System has been made available throughout Canada.

When combined with a healthy low-glycemic diet and exercise, GlycoLEAN(R) Body System is a fat-loss/weight management system designed to contribute significantly to the maintenance of good health. GlycoLEAN(R) Body System consists of four products: GlycoLEAN(R) Catalyst with Ambroglycin(TM), GlycoLEAN Accelerator 2(TM), GlycoLEAN(R) Fiber Full and GlycoLEAN GlycoSlim(R) Meal Replacement Drinks.

"We are very excited to bring this product to Canada," said Dr. Stephen Boyd, Mannatech's Medical Director, Health Sciences. "We strongly believe the basis of any diet should be low-glycemic fruits and vegetables. That philosophy is at the heart of the GlycoLEAN(R) plan. We don't view this plan as a fad diet, but as a common sense approach backed by science. These principles combined with a commitment to live a healthier lifestyle should yield excellent results."

Dr. Boyd, a 1974 graduate with an MD degree from the University of Toronto, will tour Canada throughout January, speaking on the benefits of low-glycemic eating. Boyd, who also boasts a BA and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Glasgow and is a member of the Royal College of Medicine, will speak Jan. 6 @ Moncton, New Brunswick; Jan. 7 @ Mississauga, Ontario; Jan. 8 @ London, Ontario; and Jan. 13 @ Ottawa, Ontario.

At the heart of the GlycoLEAN(R) Body System is a concept known as Glycemic Indexing. That allows for the measurement of how a given food raises blood sugar and insulin response. This GI number is significant because the rate at which blood sugar rises after eating is extremely important in the total equation of weight management. When a high-glycemic load is consumed blood sugars rise. As a result, insulin rises. The increase of blood sugar causes many negative effects, including weight gain. Foods that have a high-glycemic load increase appetite. They may also cause an increase in both stored and circulating fat by increasing triglycerides.

Since only carbohydrates are rated for their glycemic index, most people incorrectly believe that low-glycemic and low-carbohydrate are the same thing. This is definitely not the case. There are a number of significant differences between low-carbohydrate diets and glycemic indexing. Another popular misconception is that GI is based on sugars alone because of the name "glycemic."

Carbohydrates are a factor and will raise sugar levels. Low-carbohydrate dieting alone, without regard to the glycemic index, may result in storage as fat of any amount of sugar that cannot be converted to energy. And, just as there are "good" (essential) fats and "bad" (non-essential) fats, there are also good and bad carbohydrates.

"These concepts are new to most, but are at the heart of what Mannatech has been saying since 1999," said Boyd, who spoke at the sixth annual Jenner Symposium - Glycobiology & Medicine, held in September in Seillac, France. "We are proud that the world is finally learning the proven benefits of Glycemic Indexing and the GlycoLEAN(R) Body System."

Mannatech, Inc. is a wellness solution provider that develops innovative, high-quality, proprietary nutritional supplements, topical products and weight management products, which are sold through a global network-marketing system throughout the United States and the international markets of Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Japan and New Zealand.

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