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Not all beta-glucans are equal for immune health: Study - Nutra USA,
Biothera's beta-glucan ingredient may reduce cold/flu incidence - Nutra
USA, 10/8/10 - "Only 10 percent of women receiving
supplements of Biothera’s Wellmune WGP branded ingredient reported upper
respiratory tract infection symptoms, such as sore throat, stuffy or runny
nose, and cough, compared with 29 percent of women in the control group"
More support for beta-glucan against high cholesterol levels - Nutra
More support for beta-glucan’s anti-diabetes benefits - Nutra USA,
Optimising cardio health with oat beta-glucans - Functional Foods and
- Best Bet for Breast Cancer
Survivors? - Dr. Weil, 7/15/03
- Mushrooms to Curb Cancer?
- Dr. Weil, 5/31/02
Mycological Medicine - Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals, 1/02
Beta-Glucan Boosts Immunity - Nutrition Science News, 1/01
Spent Yeast Improves Cholesterol Count - Nutrition Science News, 5/00 -
"all the men supplemented with 7.5 g of beta-glucan
fiber dissolved in orange juice twice daily ... During the 12-week study,
the men's HDL increased significantly, by 16 percent"
- Beta-Glucan Key to
Cardiovascular Health Benefits - Medscape, 5/2/00 -
"eating foods rich in beta-glucan, the kind of
soluble fiber found in oatmeal and barley, can help to control appetite by
increasing the feeling of fullness"
- New Studies Find Soluble
Fiber in Oatmeal Improves Health - Doctor's Guide, 12/10/96
Effect of Immune-Enhancing
Enteral Nutrition Enriched with or without Beta-Glucan on Immunomodulation in
Critically Ill Patients - Nutrients. 2016 Jun 2;8(6). pii: E336 -
"immune-modulating nutrients (IMHP) ... 30 patients
consumed one of three types of enteral nutrition: a control or IMHP with and
without β-glucan. The IMHP with β-glucan group showed increases in natural
killer (NK) cell activities relative to the baseline, and greater increases were
observed in NK cell activities relative to the control group after adjusting for
age and gender" - See
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assessment of the effects of beta-glucan consumption on serum lipid profile and
glucose level in hypercholesterolemic subjects - Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis.
2015 Apr 29 - "Seventeen eligible RCTs with 916 subjects
were included in the meta-analysis. The pooled result showed that beta-glucan
consumption in hypercholesterolemic population significantly lowered the total
cholesterol (TC) (MD, -0.26 mmol/L; 95% CI, -0.33 to -0.18; P < 0.00001) and
low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol concentration (MD, -0.21 mmol/L; 95%
CI, -0.27 to -0.14; P < 0.00001)"
Effect of β-Glucan
on Drain Fluid and Amount of Drainage Following Modified Radical Mastectomy
- Adv Ther. 2014 Jan 14 - "One hundred and thirty breast cancer patients of
Ankara Oncology Training and Research Hospital were divided into 2 groups by
consecutive randomization (n = 65 each). β-glucan 10 mg capsules were
administered to Group 1 twice a day for 10 days. Group 2 took placebos in the
same manner ... Group 1 showed significantly lower daily drainage volumes
between days 2 and 8. Mean drain removal day was 7.16 ± 1.72 in Group 1 and 8.59
± 2.27 in Group 2. The difference was significant (p < 0.001). TNF-α and IL-6
levels on days 1 and 2 in Group 1 were significantly lower (p < 0.001). In
addition, β-glucan significantly shortened the number of days required for the
drain removal in patients who have comorbidities (p = 0.018). The earliest
removal was in patients without comorbidity and who received β-glucan"
Yeast Beta-Glucan Supplement Reduces Upper Respiratory Symptoms and Improves
Mood State in Stressed Women - J Am Coll Nutr. 2012 Aug;31(4):295-300 -
"Several studies have shown a baker's yeast
beta-1,3/1,6-d-glucan, extracted from Saccharomyces cerevisiae, is effective
in reducing the incidence of cold and flu symptoms. This study evaluated the
effect of a specific beta-glucan supplement (Wellmune) on upper respiratory
tract symptoms and psychological well-being in women with moderate levels of
psychological stress ... Healthy women (38 +/- 12 years old) prescreened for
moderate levels of psychological stress, self-administered a placebo (n =
38) or 250 mg of Wellmune (n = 39) daily for 12 weeks ... Subjects in the
Wellmune group reported fewer upper respiratory symptoms compared to placebo
(10% vs 29%), better overall well-being (global mood state: 99 +/- 19 vs 108
+/- 23, p < 0.05), and superior mental/physical energy levels (vigor: 19.9
+/- 4.7 vs 15.8 +/- 6.3, p < 0.05)"
Muesli with 4 g oat beta-glucans lowers glucose and insulin responses after
a bread meal in healthy subjects - Eur J Clin Nutr. 2007 Apr 4 -
"Muesli enriched with 4 g of beta-glucans reduces
postprandial glucose and insulin levels to a breakfast based on high
glycaemic index products. A total of 4 g of beta-glucans from oats seems to
be a critical level for a significant decrease in glucose and insulin
responses in healthy people"
Mechanism by which orally administered beta-1,3-glucans enhance the
tumoricidal activity of antitumor monoclonal antibodies in murine tumor
- J Immunol. 2004 Jul 15;173(2):797-806 - "These
granulocytes with CR3-bound beta-1,3-glucan-fluorescein were shown to kill
iC3b-opsonized tumor cells following their recruitment to a site of
complement activation resembling a tumor coated with mAb"
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