Benefits of beta glucans, also known as 1 3 beta glucans are many and widely studied. The benefits of beta glucans are support for and improvements of the function of the immune system.
Benefits of beta glucan result because beta glucans are active compounds found in the cell walls of yeast, fungi and seaweed and are extracted and made into a dietary supplement. The beta glucans are known as “biological response modifiers”, meaning they change the response of certain parts of your immune system…and in a good way. ♦
The benefits of beta glucans revolve around modifying certain parts of our immune system known as macrophages, NK cells (natural killer) and neutrophils (white blood cells). ♦
- The purpose of a macrophage is to monitor blood and lymph fluid. Upon finding something that should not be there, they perform phagocytosis which is the destruction of invaders by ingestion.
- The purpose of an natural killer cell is to examine other cells and to kill them if they find they are not normal cells.
- The purpose of neutrophils (white blood cells) is to patrol the bloodstream mostly for infections and to destroy the bacteria causing them.
Beta glucans bind to the above parts of our immune system and “encourage” them to be smarter and more effective. Bottom line is an improved immune system response.♦
The benefits of beta glucan can be profound in those suffering from a diagnosed immune system condition. The benefits of beta glucans can also be seen in those who simply want…as a preventative measure…to be healthier and assure themselves of a highly functioning immune system.♦
How to Purchase Beta Glucans
To order 1 3 Beta Glucan, please call my office at 513-871-3300 and I will ship them to you.
100 mg. Beta-1,3D Glucan 60 capsules $ 29.95
(for general immune system support♦ – take 1 per day)
500 mg. Beta-1,3D Glucan 60 capsules $ 74.95
(support for diagnosed immune system conditions♦)
Dosage is your weight divided by 2.2 x 25 = # of mg per day)
♦ These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.
Benefits of Beta Glucan – Medical Studies
I have listed below a few studies that are associated with our understanding of the way beta glucans work and why it can be said that 1 3 Beta Glucan will improve your immune system.♦
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