“…Perhaps the Greatest Immune-Enhancing Supplement Known to Man”
Beta glucan is unknown to a majority of the general public. Many health researchers consider it to be one of the most effective immune enhancing substances ever discovered. Beta-glucan is a fiber-type complex sugar (polysaccharide) derived from the cell wall of baker’s yeast, oat and barley fiber, and many medicinal mushrooms, such as maitake. In their natural states, yeast and mushrooms contain a mixture of beta-1,3-glucan and beta-1,6-glucan
Conditions where Beta Glucan may be effective:
Tumor prevention or protection: Beta glucan is a naturally derived polysaccharide which has been studied for its anti-tumor and immune stimulating properties. The carbohydrate polymers exert potent effects on the immune system – stimulating anti-tumor and antimicrobial activity, for example; receptors on macrophages and other white blood cells and activating them. Beta glucan was shown to greatly delay mortality in mice exposed to whole-body X-ray radiation and tumor growth in tumor-bearing
Diabetes and blood sugar control/Cholesterol issues: Beta glucan may be helpful in blood sugar control. The addition predictably reduces the glycemic index. In a 50 g carbohydrate portion each gram of beta-glucan reduces the glycemic index by 4 units, making it a useful functional food component for reducing postprandial glycemia. It has also been tested for cholesterol level support. Beta glucan has been studied in blood sugar and cholesterol management. Barley, like oats, is a rich source of this soluble fiber. Oat-derived beta-glucan significantly improves HDL Cholesterol and diminishes LDL Cholesterol and non-HDL cholesterol in overweight individuals.
Heart disease: Randomized controlled crossover study of the effect of a highly beta-glucan-enriched barley on cardiovascular disease risk factors in mildly hypercholesterolemic men.
Colon health: Dietary supplementation with beta-glucan enriched oat bran increases faecal concentration of carboxylic acids in healthy subjects.