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is a type of found primarily in cereals, yeast and certain mushrooms. It is one of the most well studied immune system supplements, with over 50 years of research to support its benefits.
binding and aiding the activation of immune cells such as macrophages and natural killer cells. This may be particularly beneficial in the ageing immune system, in which the ability of these cells to recognise and activate in response to pathogens is impaired. may also protect against cancer, by helping immune system recognise and destroy cancer cells.enhances the immune system by
Meta analyses have also shown that 3 grams of beta-glucan per day is sufficient to reduce blood cholesterol, thereby protecting the ageing heart against disease. An analysis of 20 studies also found beta-glucan to significantly reduce weight and BMI.
A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials of the Effect of Barley β-glucan on LDL-C, non-HDL-C and apoB for Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction: DOI: 10.1038/ejcn.2016.89
Meta-analysis of the effect of β-glucan intake on blood cholesterol and glucose levels: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nut.2010.11.006
Effects of Beta-Glucans on the Immune System: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17895634/
Stimulatory Effect of β-glucans on Immune Cells: doi: 10.4110/in.2011.11.4.191
Effects of Cereal Beta-Glucan Consumption on Body Weight, Body Mass Index, Waist Circumference and Total Energy Intake: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials: DOI: 10.1016/j.ctim.2019.01.018