Beta-Glucan immunity booster.
A new nutritional product comprising
1-3,1-6 beta-glucan is one of the most exciting things
happening today in the field of nutritional research.
Glucans 1-3. 1-6 trigger an enhanced immune response enabling the
body's defense system to attack and overwhelm pathogens.
Scientists from organisations as wide-ranging as the National Cancer
Institute (US), Harvard Medical School, Brazilian State University of
Campinas, University of Naples, even the Institute for Problems of
Nuclear Power Plant Safety at Chernobyl, Ukraine, have studied the
Beta-Glucan group of polysaccharides. Nearly 8,500 scientific papers
recording studies of Beta-Glucans have been listed on PubMed, the
website of the US National Library of Medicine."
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A clinical human trial Published January 23rd 2013
the European Journal of Nutrition,
based on a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled,
multicentric study in healthy subjects, proves beta-glucan
1-3, 1-6 helps prevent colds, improves symptoms and increases the
body’s potential to defend against invading pathogens:
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Health. Beta-glucan for
"Beta-glucan is a tool to help
strengthen the immune system.
Its effects can include fighting off
colds as well as helping alleviate allergy symptoms." Click here
- even Hay Fever - can benefit.
anti-histamines may cause drowsiness and habitual use of
corticosteroid nasal sprays can promote rebound congestion.
Alternatively, beta-glucans can provide safe, welcome relief without
Fascinating research on beta-glucan 1-3,1-6 for Marathon
was a placebo-controlled, double-blind study designed to evaluate the
effect of a commercially available dietary supplement on
upper-respiratory tract symptoms (URTI) and mood state. Seventy-five
marathon runners (35 men, 40 women) ranging in age from 18–53 years,
mean age: 36 ± 9, self administered
placebo, 250 mg or 500 mg of
BETA 1,3/1,6 GLUCAN daily during the 4 week post-marathon trial period
following the 2007 Carlsbad Marathon. Subjects filled out the profile
of mood state (POMS) assessment and a questionnaire style health log
measuring health status and URTI symptoms after 2- and 4-week
in-vivo research shows further benefits if beta glucan used in
conjunction with cancer treatments: Orally Administered
Particulate β-Glucan Modulates Tumor-Capturing Dendritic Cells and
Improves Antitumor T-Cell responses in Cancer.
beneficial properties of β-glucans have been recognized for centuries.
Their proposed mechanisms of action in cancer therapy occur via
stimulation of macrophages and priming of innate neutrophil complement
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may also promote killing of iC3b-opsonized tumour cells engendered by
administration of anti-tumour mAbs. In this study, we report that
tumour-bearing mice treated with a combination of beta-glucan and an
anti-tumour mAb show almost complete cessation of tumour growth.
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The effects of β-glucan on human immune and cancer cells...
recent years, one of the active ingredients responsible for the
immuno-modulation of many of these herbs was found to be a form of
complex polysaccharides known as "β-D-glucan", or simply called
β-glucan. The receptors and mechanisms of action of β-glucans have
recently been unfolded via in vitro and in vivo
animal experiments. Since β-glucans have good margin of safety based
on historical track records, their potential therapeutic value deserve
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research rankings for popular nutritional supplements, herbs and
showing beta-glucan. Here is a ranking of Herbs and Minerals in order
of the the amount of proper evidence behind them - most at the top and
least at the bottom.
This research was then classified for each supplement in relation to
the things it helps with. Beta-Glucan was rated top but little known
in the graphic on the left in relation to general health.
stimulates calcium-dependent signalling of IL-8 secretion by human
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Colds and Flu -
whilst your innate immune system may not be able to protect you
entirely, a fully primed system will certainly lessen your chances
of catching flu and improve your chances of fighting the virus
should you be exposed to it -
read more here from Prof. Gerber and Dr Clayton.
1,3-1,6 Beta Glucan is a powerful immune-enhancing nutritional
supplement. This unique compound primes the innate immune system to
help the body defend itself against viral and bacterial invaders.
Beta Glucan is a scientifically-proven
biological defence modifier (BDM) that potentiates the immune
response through macrophage and dendritic immune cells to safely
yield various therapeutic effects. For many years glucans have been
investigated for these immune enhancing properties, particularly
their ability to activate macrophage immune cells and, in turn, the
T-cells, NK cells and B cells including selected cytokines and
More info on Wikipedia
Click here for Hazel Courteney's article
about diet and nutrition which concludes:
'Beta glucans are a great breakthrough in improving immune function -
protecting us against infection, cancer and allergies.'
Dr Paul Clayton is a
Fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine and a former Senior
Scientific Advisor to the UK government's Committee on the Safety of
Medicines and has done considerable research on both the immuno
stimulation and anti-ageing aspects of beta glucan and says:
"As with the immune
system overall, therefore, a comprehensive
micronutrient support programme is a good foundation.
foundation you can add a second layer of very specific innate immune
support agents. They include vitamin D, the trace element selenium,
the plant extract beta-sitosterol, and the 1-3, 1-6 beta glucans
derived from yeast. These beta glucans are increasingly becoming an essential part of the right modern diet and
have other far reaching benefits ranging from skin care to virusprotection." Dr Paul Clayton
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