What is Beta 1-3, 1-6 Glucan?
Beta 1-3, 1-6 Glucan is a scientifically-proven biological defence modifier (BDM) that potentiates the immune response through macrophage and dendritic immune cells to safely yield various therapeutic effects. For many years, glucans have been investigated for these immune-priming properties, particularly their ability to activate macrophage immune cells and, in turn, the T-cells, NK cells and B cells, including selected cytokines and Complement.
Beta 1-3, 1-6 Glucan is a natural substance, derived from the cell wall of bakers yeast. It is a pure extraction and does not contain enough yeast protein to cause any allergic reactions.
Cells involved in the immune response originate from stem cells originating from bone marrow. New cells from bone marrow are produced on an ongoing basis throughout the life cycle. However, the formation and migration of newly-formed, white immune cells (that can promote or produce antibodies) is limited, and declines with aging.
Beta glucan nutritionally stimulates the production of needed precursor cells in bone marrow, yielding an increased flow of immunocytes into the blood stream and the various lymphoid organs. Beta 1-3, 1-6 Glucan non-specifically activates the immune system, primarily by ingestion by the macrophage immune cells, through specific and unique beta glucan receptors on the cell surface. Beta 1-3, 1-6 Glucan potentiates and activates various cells of the body, particularly macrophage cells, to release tumour necrosis factor, interleukins 1 and 6, hydrogen peroxide and gamma interferon, all of which fight against invading micro-organisms. Beta glucan potentiation of the immune response is systemic, activating the immune system throughout the whole body. The efficacy of beta glucan is widely researched and studied.
Ingredients Nutrient Per 1 Capsule %RDA Beta 1-3, 1-6 Glucan 250.0mg * RDA = Recommended Daily Allowance * = no RDA Suggested Intake: 1-3 capsules daily, or take as directed by a practitioner. May be taken with or without food at any time of the day. Suitable for: Vegetarians, vegans and for people with Candida and yeast sensitivities. Contraindications: None. Non-Active Ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose, capsule shell (hydroxypropylmethylcellulose), vegetable magnesium stearate. Non GM & Free From: Wheat; starch, gluten; lactose; added colourings, sweeteners & preservatives. Storage: Keep cool, dry & out of direct sunlight.
Read Dr Paul Claytons Article on beta glucans and bird flu and swine flu.