What is so amazing about Beta Glucan?
Beta glucan is a long-chain polysaccharide (yeast-derived sugar) derived from the cell walls of baker's yeast (saccharomyces cerevisiae). Beta-glucans are also found in a variety of fungal cells, including such sources as
Beta 1, 3 D Glucan is the main active ingredient in Beta-Glucan.
Beta glucan is known by immunologists for its amazing immune enhancing properties and Beta 1, 3 D Glucan has been tested as being one of the most powerful immune supplements there is.
How Beta Glucan Works In The Immune System
Beta Glucan works by stimulating the immune system response to keep immune cells, like Natural Killer cells and T cells, in a heightened state of vigilance against invaders (bacteria, viruses, foreign substances).
NK cells are responsible for destroying cancer cells and other potentially harmful cells. T-cells have the ability to stimulate other cellular components of the immune system to kill or neutralize invading bacteria and viruses, and have the ability to fight cancer.
Beta 1, 3 D Glucan, an active ingredient in Beta Glucan, also works by activating other immune cells known as macrophages. When beta-1,3-D-glucan attaches to the receptor site on the macrophage, this immune cell is then "activated," allowing it to go about its business of accurately recognizing and destroying foreign invaders like viruses, bacteria, fungi which cause infection and disease.
As you can see, macrophages (large white blood cells) play a key role in strengthening the immune system. Macrophages helps fight infections because they rapidly mobilize to the infected sites, and also helps to recruit immune T cells to sites of infection, injury, and cancerous growth.
Macrophages also participate in reducing inflammation and in the healing of tissues following injury.
What some doctors say about Beta Glucan
"Glucan was found to be an effective drug in inducing macrophage-mediated destruction in malignant lesions in animals and humans."
C P. Mansell, M.D. of the McGill University Cancer Research Center
Glucan (Beta-1, 3-D) has been shown to enhance macrophage production dramatically, and to increase nonspecific host resistance to a variety of bacterial, fungal, and parasitic infections.”
M. L. Patchen, Ph.D. Department of Experimental Hematology and Radiation Sciences Armed Forces Radiobiology Institute
"Beta-1, 3-D Glucan is a potent macrophage stimulant and is beneficial in the therapy of experimental bacterial, viral and fungal diseases."
William Browder, M.D. Department of Surgery Tulane University School of Medicine
“A cascade of interactions and reactions initiated by the macrophage regulatory factors can be envisioned to occur and to eventuate in conversion of the glucan treated host to an arsenal of defense.”
Joyce K. Czop, M.D. Department of Rheumatology and Immunology Harvard Medical School
“Glucan was found to be an effective drug in inducing macrophage-mediated destruction in malignant lesions in animals and humans.”
P. Mansell, M.D. McGill University Cancer Research Center Victoria Hospital, Montreal, Canada
“The broad spectrum of immunopharmacological activities of glucan includes not only the modification of certain bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic infections, but also inhibition of tumor growth.”
Nicholas DiLuzio, Ph. D. Department of Physiology Tulane University School of Medicine
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