What is Beta Glucan?

Beta Glucan is a term and product that is beginning to pick up traction, but is still mostly unknown to the mass public. Since most people have never heard of it, when they’re first introduced to the product they believe Beta Glucan is a composition of many different ingredients or substances. Beta Glucan is derived from many natural sources like mushrooms, oats, barley, and baker’s yeast. However, our product has only one single ingredient, which is Beta Glucan from the cell walls of baker’s yeast.

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As Answered By
AJ Lanigan

The short answer to that is Beta-1, 3D Glucan is a natural fiber molecule derived from our source, baker’s yeast. It enhances, supports, and maintains a good healthy immune system.

The long and more complex answer is that it is a naturally occurring long-chain
polysaccharide purified from the cell walls of baker’s yeast. Our beta glucan is intensely purified: I cannot stress that enough. It is a biologically active complex of molecules; it is the single active ingredient in our Beta-1, 3D Glucan Capsules. A lot of times, people think we are dipping from four or five different buckets to make up our powder. This (Beta 1-3D Glucan) is the single ingredient in our compound.

Our Beta Glucan is readily taken up and converted into the body through the immune cells to bind (or hook up or plug into, if you please,) to a specific site on the immune cells called the CR3 receptor. CR3 stands for complement receptor number three. These receptors are found on a myriad of different immune cells which make up our white blood cells or our “immune army,” also known as macrophages, neutrophils, eosinophils, monocytes, NK cells and others. These immune cells make up a large part of the immune system’s main defense mechanism.

Technically, Beta-1, 3D Glucan is a polybranched, polyglucose complex fiber-like particle that when converted, yields a biologically active beta glucan molecule that specifically binds to this CR3 (or sometimes called Mac1 or sometimes called CD11/C18).

As Answered By
Dr. Vaclav Vetvicka

Well what is it: Is it, you can imagine it is a molecule of Glucose which is a common sugar linked together in some kind of chain and depending on which  type of glucan you have, it’s a shorter or longer chain and you can have branches coming from it. So it’s not a single or simple molecule but it’s not the most difficult or most strangest one either.

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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.