1.3 beta glucan is a polysaccharide extracted from the wall of a yeast fungus.
The most effective source of it is the cell wall of simple yeast, but there is beta-glucan in grain bran, sea grass and some mushrooms.
The digestive system can’t digest it, so it gets into the gut flora It is excellent nutrition for the “good” bacteria of the gut flora While bacteria are digesting it, glucan adheres to the mucous membranes of the intestinal tract and digestion produces substances that increase the conversion of monocyte/macrophage in the lymph nodes of the intestinal villi. Macrophages absorb glucan while creating molecules that enhance factor CR3. Glucan processing macrophages select substances that activate and enable white blood cells with CR3 receptors to kill cells marked with the same markers, e.g. cancerous cells. Meanwhile, immune activity increases greatly.
– Its effect is measured after 72 hours.
– It is mainly used to strengthen and stimulate the immune system. Since macrophages and other cells of the immune system are important in its processing, the body’s defence system is given a “boost” that helps us to fight diseases and fight infections more effectively after it has been consumed.
– It can help to successfully strengthen the immune system of chronic patients, long-term stress people and patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy as well.
– Can improve the condition of patients with chronic skin conditions (e.g. eczema, atopic dermatitis).
– In high cholesterol patients, beta-glucan produced from yeast extract may reduce cholesterol levels by preventing the absorption of cholesterol in food products.
– Has a general alkali effect.
There are two critical things in terms of beta glucan’s effect:
– The particle size counts because it ‘clusters’ in contact with water, so the surface becomes smaller, so the bacteria can digest it more slowly, thus the immune response will be less.
– Clinical notes state that the type of nutrients administered with glucan does matter, because most other substances they tend to weaken its effect.