Can I Open the Beta Glucan Capsule to take it?

Our Beta Glucan comes in a small, plant-based capsule and is very easy to swallow. However, if for whatever reason (e.g. pets, small children) you need to open the capsule that is perfectly fine. Beta Glucan has a very distinct, bitter taste and is not very pleasant, but it can be mixed with water or juice to make it easier to swallow. The most important thing is that you’re taking the Beta Glucan.

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As Answered By
AJ Lanigan

This is a very, very, simple process. We get this question all of the time from people who have difficulty swallowing the caplets. Perhaps they have a problem with Gag Reflex, or it may be a small child who is not able to consume the Beta Glucan Capsule with ease. To access the powder inside the capsule, you simply open it and dump it out. Now, it doesn’t taste incredibly delicious, hence the encapsulated form: it is rather plain. In addition, you want to be sure that you are getting an exacted dose, that becomes a little difficult when broken apart.

The next question we get is, “What Can I Put It In?”

If you try to mix within a glass of water, it tends to stick to the sides. In such a case, you may want to hide it inside Jell-O or Pudding for a child. If you are giving it to your pet dog or cat, you can mask its savor with Peanut Butter. In general, giving it to animals is relatively easy since they don’t care about its taste.

As Answered By
Dr. Vaclav Vetvicka

You can if you want. I’m not exactly sure why you would like to do it. The taste of the glucan, particularly if it is a yeast glucan, is slightly bitter, usually. If it’s a mushroom glucan it might have a little bit of a smell of mushrooms. It is not something which you would say “it’s tough to swallow.” But it’s not exactly the most pleasurable thing, so it’s easier to swallow the pill. The European manufacturers usually have the hard pill, not the soft pill. It is more the tradition than anything else. You can break it and put it into your water or something like that and eat it, if you have a problem swallowing pills.

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AJ Lanigan

A.J. Lanigan has over 20 years experience in various disciplines of immunology. He was educated at the University of South Carolina, College of Pharmacy from 1971-1975.
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Dr. Vaclav Vetvicka

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.

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