Beta glucans are crucial weapons in the fight to stay healthy. But because the body doesn’t produce beta glucans naturally, the only way to get the compound is through outside sources—namely:
Baker’s yeast, Shiitake mushrooms, Cereal grains, like barley, oats, rye, and wheat.
Help regulate the immune system, making it more efficient.
Beta glucans stimulate the activity of macrophages
They're versatile immune cells that ingest and demolish invading pathogens and stimulate other immune cells to attack.
Beta glucans stimulate lethal white blood cells (lymphocytes) that bind to tumors or viruses, and release chemicals to destroy it.
Heart health: significant reduction of total cholesterol and low density lipoprotein (LDL).What’s more, total cholesterol levels were significantly lower in the group who received the higher beta glucan extract diet.
Fight cancer: researchers have spent decades searching for substances with cancer-fighting properties. Lentinan, a type of beta glucan found in shiitake mushrooms, is believed to reduce tumor activity and lessen the side effects of cancer treatment.
In addition to beta glucan’s assistance in the fight against cancer, studies show they also help the body do battle with bacteria resistant to antibiotic treatment and viruses that cause upper respiratory infections
Increase viscosity (degree to which a fluid resists flow under an applied force) of food in small intestine and delays absorption, thereby reducing peak insulin levels.
Control appetite – slowing stomach empting – prolong full feeling - stabilizing blood sugar
Increase stool weight – accelerating colonic transit time
Just a few reasons to incorporate in your daily diet and help your immune system! Plus who doesn’t love porridge with your favourite added fruit or great granola bars!