Is Beta Glucan Beneficial to Children?

Yes, children can certainly benefit from taking Beta Glucan. Keep in mind that a child’s immune system is still developing up until about 2 years of age. They typically do not benefit from supplementation until after the 2 year mark. However, Beta Glucan is safe for children at any age. We now have a product specifically designed for children called, BetaKIDS Chewables. Each delicious, fruity chewable contains 50mg of Beta Glucan, 15mcg of Selenium, and 400 IU of Vitamin D3 providing the extra immune support your child needs.

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As Answered By
Dr. Vaclav Vetvicka

If you say children, let’s say thinking of about 6 to 12-16. Not really a one-year-old there’s probably no reason to feed one-year-old children the glucan. It would be absolutely close to impossible to figure out how much, so it’s really not necessary. Plus the immune system is so undeveloped around year one, but who knows? But from three-years-old, there is no reason if there is no need.

If it is a healthy kid you probably don’t need to have some kind of prophylactic glucan dose. But if there’s an infection, an ear infection, it’s better to try glucan particularly when the pediatrician says the immune system is not where it should be. But the clinical on kids right now from ages 8 to 15. They are already published and the results look great.

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Dr. Vaclav Vetvicka is a Professor and Vice Chairman, Director of Research at the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Louisville. Dr. Vetvicka graduated in 1978 from Charles University in Prague with a doctorate degree in biology and obtained his Ph.D. in 1983 from the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Institute of Microbiology.