What is Beta 1,3/1,6 Glucan?
A. Beta 1,3/1,6 Glucan is an all-natural, food-based dietary supplement purified from the cell wall of
baker’s yeast (Saccharomyes cerevisae). Technically it is a highly refined carbohydrate made up of
a string of glucose molecules, with the fats, proteins and other polysaccharides removed. Other
sources of Beta glucan are oats, barley, mushrooms and algae. Most of these are only slightly
active, or in some cases not at all. For optimum activation of the immune response, many research
studies show that the best results come from Beta 1,3/1,6 Glucan extracted from baker’s yeast.
Benefits of taking Beta Glucan
Beta Glucan stimulates the macrophage, a white blood cell that is responsible for a multitude of
actions which protect and enhance the immune system, and provide optimum resistance to any
possible health assailants. Macrophage cells are one of the principal cell types involved in natural
immunity. They swallow up foreign particles and destroy them. Macrophages produce chemicals
that signal other immune cells to move to the site of infection and produce such effects as fever.
Macrophages also produce growth factors for cells that repair injured tissues.
All immune functions are improved, including phagocytosis (ability to engulf foreign cells and
particles) release of certain cytokines (intercellular hormones) IL-1, IL-6, GM-CSF, interferons, and
the processing of antigens. Macrophages are involved in everyday detoxifying processes, intestinal
flora maintenance, anti-infective and anti-tumor protection and maintenance of overall health