Overview

Beta-glucans are sugars that are found in the cell walls of bacteria, fungi, yeasts, algae, lichens, and plants, such as oats and barley. They are sometimes used as medicine.

Beta-glucans are most commonly used for heart disease and high cholesterol. They are also used for many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support many of these uses.

In manufacturing, beta-glucans are used as a food additive in products such as salad dressings, frozen desserts, sour cream, and cheese spreads.

There are several beta-glucans supplement products that claim beta-glucans taken by mouth can only be absorbed if the product is prepared by a special patented process that "micronizes" beta-glucans particles. However, there is no reliable evidence to support such a claim.

How does it work ?

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. When given by injection, beta-glucans might stimulate the immune system by increasing chemicals which prevent infections.

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