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Introduction to Beta Glucan
Beta-glucan is a fiber-type complex sugar (polysaccharide) derived from the cell wall of baker’s yeast, oat and barley fiber, and many medicinal mushrooms, such as maitake. Previously, beta glucan was very expensive to manufacture. Recent developments in manufacturing have made this product affordable.
Beta Glucan has received intense research for over thirty years. Most of the research related to Cancer and the immune system.
Glucan is a potent reticuloendothelial-modulating agent whose immunobiological activity is mediated, in part, by an increase in the number and function of macrophages. Lysozyme concentrations were increased approximately sevenfold in some studies. Biologic response modifiers, like Beta Glucan, will modulate immunity, modify neoplastic (cancer) disease and increase resistance to microbial challenge. Glucan can enhance some elements of the immune system against staphylococcal infections.
Beta Glucan supports the immune system. If you body is not able to deal with its cancer cells due to an immune system deficiency, then Beta Glucan may help. For this reason Beta Glucan can be seen to be supportive of a persons fight against any form of cancer. Most people know the strength of their immune system. People who take a long time to get rid of colds usually have a with weak immune system. For these people, Beta Glucan may be a good addition to their cancer arsenal.
Beta Glucan is the primary treatment for cancer in Asia and has over 3,000 published studies. Here are summaries of two studies that shown a significant effect on tumor growth in animal models: Yeast β -1,3-glucan and Its Use Against Anthrax Infection and in the Treatment of Cancer
Here is a PubMed abstract of a study, released in December 2003, which shows how many cancers can be eliminated using a combination of Beta Glucan to enhance the immune response and a class of "manufactured" (monoclonal) antibodies such as Herceptin, Rituxan and Erbitux, Beta-glucan functions as an adjuvant for monoclonal antibody immunotherapy by recruiting tumoricidal granulocytes as killer cells**.
Here are a few of the abstract references available from the Cancer Cure Foundation web site:
Anti-Tumor Effects. Mediates Destruction of Malignant Cells (J. Nat'l. Cancer Inst. 54, No.3:571, 1975
Inhibits Tumor Growth & Enhances Survival Rates (Adv. Exp. Med. Biol. 121A: 269-290, 1980)
Stimulates Tumor Cell Destruction (Scand.J.Immunol. 15:297-304 / Diss.Abst. Int.Sci. 48:1263, 1987)
Improved Host Resistance to all types of different infections (Trends in Pharm.Sciences, 433:344-347, 1983)
Haults & Reverses Radiation Damage. (Radiation Research 117:59-69, 1989 / USAF Radiobioklogy Inst., Bethesda, MD)
Immunomodulation and anti-cancer activity of polysaccharide-proteincomplexes**. Curr Med Chem 2000 Jul;7(7):715-29/ Ooi VE, Liu F./ Department of Biology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong.
Beta Glucan has over 3,000 published studies and over 1,800 Med Line references.
Beta Glucan is an immune system enhancing cancer treatment. It does not work directly on cancer cells, but encourages the body's immune system to do that work. Therefore, a cancer patient may want to investigate additional cancer treatments that directly attack cancer cells.
Beta Glucan comes in different pill sizes up to 500 MG. Since the most used by even large people is around six 500 MG pills a day, Beta Glucan is easy to take.
People who change their eating habits greatly increase the effectiveness of the supplements they take.
The majority of research was performed with fairly large doses of Beta Glucan. It was not performed using small doses such as 3, 5, or 10 mg that some supplements contain. Some human studies used 3,000 mg daily. The amount you take depends on your health condition:
Healthy: If you have no challenges and you are an average weight adult (150-175 lbs.), 100 to 200 mg. daily is usually recommended.
Chronic: If you have recurring problems, but they are not acute, or life threatening, you would take more. To start, most people double the above amount and observe their response.
Acute: You have a critical condition this is the protocol usually recommended: determine the therapeutic dose and start out with 1/3 the amount and gradually increase.
Take the entire days medication at one time. To maximize absorption of Beta Glucan, take it on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before eating or drinking.
No side effects have been reported. Beta Glucan is manufactured from Baker's yeast. Such products have received the "Generally regarded as Safe rating by the FDA.
There is no known conflicts with Beta Glucan and other medications or supplements.
For nearly three decades, Beta-1, 3-D glucan has been available to laboratories and medical schools. However, it was very expensive and highly prohibitive from a commercial standpoint.
To take 1500 MG (three 500 mg pills) a day (an average to strong dose) costs between $40 and $90 depending on the manufacturer.