Beta-glucans are derived from many sources including; oats, barley, seaweed, as well as many types microorganisms (bacteria, yeast and fungi). Beta - glucans comprise a group of β-D- glucose polysaccharides with significantly differing physicochemical properties dependent on source. While they all share a “common” ß form of chemical bond between the individual glucose units, there are many subtle, but important differences in structure within the betaglucan family that lead to large differences in function and potential health benefits.
Beta Glucan is a natural polysaccharide that is classified as an Immuno-Modulator; meaning, it “modulates” (changes) your Immune System to make it as efficient as possible. This fiber-like molecule works by activating every Immune System Cell in the body: Macrophages, Neutrophils, Basophils, Natural Killer Cells, etc.
Macrophages, specifically, trigger a host of immune functions that allow the body to produce the most complete, effective and appropriate immune response achievable. The activity of the body's immunocytes (Immune Cells) determines how well your Immune System traps and consumes invaders that do not belong in the body.
Beta Glucan is the catalyst that makes our immune systems smarter, increasing the strength of our wellness forces.
Beta-glucans might lower blood cholesterol by preventing the absorption of cholesterol from food in the stomach and intestines, when it is taken by mouth.
Typically, β-glucans form a linear backbone with 1–3 β-glycosidic bonds but vary with respect to molecular mass, solubility, viscosity, branching structure, and gelation properties, causing diverse physiological effects in animals.
The most common forms of β-glucans are those comprising D-glucose units with β-1,3 links. Yeast and fungal β-glucans contain 1-6 side branches, while cereal β-glucans contain both β-1,3 and β-1,4 backbone bonds.