Healthspan Elite June 07, 2018

Beta glucan are a form of soluble fibre. Whilst there are multiple dietary sources of beta glucan such as whole grains, oats and even mushrooms, it is the beta glucans derived from baker’s yeast that has received the most attention in scientific literature.

The benefits of Beta Glucans

Numerous clinical studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of beta glucan in strengthening the immune system. Studies investigating the effects of endurance athletes in particular have shown that beta glucan can reduced the incidence and severity of illness after exercise, at a time when the body is particularly vulnerable to infection. In fact, one study showed a 37% reduction in the number of cold and flu days suffered within 28 days following the completion of a marathon.

Beta glucans have also been linked with a reduction in bad cholesterol (LDL).

How much Beta Glucan should I take?

Research has demonstrated that a daily intake of 250mg yeast beta glucan is sufficient in providing support for the immune system.

When should I take Beta Glucan?

To benefit from beta glucan’s immune boosting properties it is important that you continue to take them consistently on a daily basis. Beta glucan work by safely boosting neutrophil (immune cell) activity. Neutrophils only have a short lifespan of 24 hours or so it is important to take beta glucan consistently to provide support for the newly developed cells your body is constantly producing.

Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn't possible, supplements can help. This article isn't intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.



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