Why Have I Never Heard of Beta Glucan?

Beta Glucan is not a word that typically comes up in casual conversation so it is widely unknown. However, over the past 15 years it has gained traction since it has become commercially available at an affordable price. In Chinese and Japanese medicine, Beta Glucan is something that’s been used for decades. In Western regions, like the United States, we’re just now catching up, so to speak.

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As Answered By
AJ Lanigan

Scientific articles found on Medline or PubMed are not easy reading. Medical students specifically focusing on your practice in the field of immunology might discuss such scientific papers over dinner but the general public does not. Expense is another issue. Up until probably 15 years ago, even minute amounts of this highly purified material was too expensive. We are talking $198 plus shipping and handling for 100mg quantity of this product. It might have taken half a dozen gals and guys in white coats running around a university laboratory 2 weeks to make a batch of 1 gram, which was enough to test on cotton mice. Cost of that was about $198 plus shipping and handling for 100mg quantity of this material. With advances in the purification process, it has become less expensive to make. Today you can buy a bottle of 60 100mg capsules of Transfer Point Beta-1, 3D Glucan for a suggested retail price of $29.95.

As Answered By
Dr. Vaclav Vetvicka

Well, I wouldn’t say it is unknown and you have to remember that since 1983 it is an official drug in Japan and It’s used ever sense; so the world knows. It’s more that the western world doesn’t know.

Well it is a problem of the philosophy because the Eastern medicine, meaning the Chinese medicine, the Japanese medicine, is more interested about results. So If it works, let’s use it.

Here in Western Europe, the United States, we have to know everything. We have to know exactly what each molecule is doing what, how long, how fast, what it goes, how it goes back in our body and as long as we don’t know it fully, it is not approved.

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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.