Beta Glucan is primarily
cultured extract of Baker's Yeast cell wall. It is used as an
immunostimulant. Beta glucans are
sugar molecules (polysaccharides). They are found bound together as a
sugar/protein complex. Certain
plants and microorganisms are naturally high in this polysaccharide
compound. The richest concentrated source is baker's yeast cell
walls. (Because there is basically no yeast left in the products and they
have low protein levels, it is considered hypoallergenic.) It is present
in lesser amounts in mushroom extracts and Lentinen, Barley, Oat, etc.
Sodium alginate is also an excellent source, but the high sodium content
is a major drawback in the processing for supplemental use. An expensive
research extract called Zymosan™ has been used for doing research for
over 45 years. Much of the research has been in combining it with
conventional approaches, such as chemotherapy, but it has been found to
work well on its own.
What glucans seem to do is to
stimulate/irritate your white blood cells called Macrophages into action.
There is actually beta glucan receptors displayed by immune cells that the
lectin fits right into like a lock and key and switches on or activates
the macrophage to do it's job...clean up. Increased macrophage activity
triggers a whole cascade of immune events, which basically boost immune
response, which improves Natural Host Resistance. It also stimulates the
production of immune cells.
It is proven beneficial for conditions
related to immunity. Here are a few of the abstract references available:
- Anti-Tumor Effects. Mediates Destruction
of Malignant Cells (J. Nat'l. Cancer Inst. 54, No.3:571, 1975
- Inhibits Tumor Growth & Enhances
Survival Rates (Adv. Exp. Med. Biol. 121A: 269-290, 1980)
- Stimulates Tumor Cell Destruction (Scand.J.Immunol.
15:297-304 / Diss.Abst. Int.Sci. 48:1263, 1987)
- Inproved Host Resistance to all types of
different infections (Trends in Pharm.Sciences, 433:344-347, 1983)
- Haults & Reverses Radiation Damage.
(Radiation Research 117:59-69, 1989 / USAF Radiobioklogy Inst.,
- Immunomodulation and anti-cancer activity of polysaccharide-proteincomplexes.
Curr Med Chem 2000 Jul;7(7):715-29/ Ooi VE, Liu F./ Department of
Biology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong.
In Japan, extracts containing various types
of Beta glucan have been used to successfully assist in treating cancer
patients for the last 20 years. See Aoki, T. Chapter 4, Lentinan. In:
Modulation Agents and their Mechanism. Richard L. Fenichel (Ed), Marcel
Dekker, Inc., New York and Basel, pp 63-77 (1984).
There appears to be a synergistic
relationship between Beta-Glucan and Vitamin C, so many clinics combine
both in their treatments. Some of the clinics who use it in their
treatments include: Europa Clinic and many
clinics in Japan.
Sources of the product include: