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[Stimulates Immune Function | Cholesterol
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Stimulates Immune Function

Today’s environment is filled with toxic challenges. A stong immune system is critical to protect you from this onslaught. There is perhaps no single compound more valuable for the immune system than Beta Glucan 1,3/1,6. This complex polysaccharide is found in cereals, yeast, mushrooms and other sources.

Beta Glucan & the Immune System

Beta glucans are non-digestible polysaccharides, which we obtain in our diet from oats, barley, yeast, and mushrooms. Beta glucan supplements are taken to support immune function in individuals whose systems are compromised by physiological and emotional stress. Beta glucan has been found in numerous studies to:

  • Activate macrophages, white blood cells that engulf foreign particles and aid in their removal from our bodies, according to animal and human cell culture studies;
  • Stimulate the production of interleukin, a chemical mediator that triggers white blood cell production and activity;
  • Increase mobilization of immune cells to the site of a foreign challenge;
  • Increase communication of the presence of an invader to the immune system; and
  • Support breast health in animal studies.

Beta Glucan & Cholesterol

Beta glucan has also been found to help maintain cholesterol levels already in the normal range, possibly by forming a layer adjacent to intestinal mucosa that prevents cholesterol absorption. Beta glucan may also promote bile acid excretion, an important method for eliminating excess cholesterol.

References

Abel, G. and J. Czop. 1992. Int J Immunopharmac 14(8): 1363-1373.
Czop, J. 1986. Pathol Immunopathol 5:28G-296.
Nicolosi, R. et al. 1999. Amer J Clin Nutri 39(2): 189-202.

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