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beta-glucan

, β-glucan (bāt′ă-gloo′kăn)
Any of a class of complex carbohydrate nutrients, derived from yeast, with immune-stimulating and antimicrobial activity in laboratory experiments. They are promoted as dietary supplements.
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21) Beta glucans and protein-bound beta glucans are responsible for the medicinal properties of mushrooms and mycelia.
By keeping the innate immune system functioning at peak capacity, beta glucans can help give you the best chance of fighting off viral infections through the winter.
After a century and a half of research, (1) studies have shown that beta glucans act as immunomodulator agents, meaning they trigger a cascade of events that help regulate the immune system, making it more efficient.
When you increase beta glucans, you significantly enhance your immunity.
Because of experience with beta glucans from oats, it is not too surprising that maitake mushroom, which contains an abundance of beta glucan fibers also affects insulin sensitivity.
It contains significant quantities of soluble beta glucans and has been used in several commercially available products.
This research confirmed that not all beta glucans are alike.
This ancient variety has a very high content of cholesterol-lowering beta glucans.
Derived from the cell walls of yeast and fungi, beta glucans can vary in terms of molecular weight, frequency of side chain branching, and the length and composition of side chains.
Skanemejerier, a Swedish company, has launched Primaliv[R], a yoghurt with muesli that contains soluble oat fibre, so-called beta glucans, which provide an even blood sugar level and a lower insulin response after a meal.
In December of 2005, the FDA approved an amendment which added barley as a source of beta glucans to the "oat beta-glucan health claim" which relates the consumption of beta-glucan soluble fiber in whole oat foods, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and reduced risk of Coronary Heart Disease.