1,3-1,6 Beta Glucan is a powerful immune-enhancing nutritional supplement. This unique compound stimulates the innate immune system to help the body defend itself against viral and bacterial invaders.
What is 1,3-1,6 Beta Glucan? Beta Glucan is a scientifically-proven biological defence modifier (BDM) that potentiates the immune response through macrophage and dendritic immune cells to safely yield various therapeutic effects. For many years glucans have been investigated for these immune enhancing properties, particularly their ability to activate macrophage immune cells and, in turn, the T-cells, NK cells and B cells including selected cytokines and complement.
PROTECT YOURSELF WITH BETA GLUCAN YOU will be aware that the recent outbreak of SWINE FLU has now been declared pandemic. Dr Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organisation, has warned that the swine flu virus first identified in Mexico cannot be contained, as the numbers of cases identified globally grow by the day
History shows us that flu pandemics occur approximately every 30 years. After this time the genetic make-up of a flu virus has changed so much that immunity built up from previous strains becomes irrelevant, so that herd immunity, our main defence against pandemics, has become negligible.
Antibiotics are no use in treating viral infections and the right vaccines to protect us against the latest swine flu won’t be ready for a while, which could be too late for many. The best defence against such infections is a healthy immune system. Some natural substances are known to promote healthy immune function, the most effective being beta 1-3,1-6 glucan, a polysaccharide derived from baker’s yeast.
Nature’s Own Beta Glucan contains 200mg/capsule of beta glucan, the most active, best documented and cost effective form of beta 1-3,1-6 glucan. Beta glucan acts as a primer of the innate immune system, the body’s inborn first line of defence against infection. This is in contrast to acquired immunity, with which many people are more familiar, which involves the development of antibodies against foreign organisms as a second line of defence.
The importance of the innate immune system is highlighted by the fact that many species are unable to develop antibodies via acquired immunity, yet are still able to withstand exposure to infectious organisms.
It is thought that in the ultra-clean modern environment, in which most people live in industrialised societies, there is insufficient exposure to the microbial products that, in the past, would have acted to provide natural stimulation of the innate immune system.
The importance of the latter has been highlighted in research by Dr Paul Clayton, recently featured in the Daily Mail, which demonstrated the high level of exposure to beta glucans in the Victorian diet and environment, and the health benefits that this subsequently conferred on their immune function.
Beta 1-3,1-6 glucans are non toxic and non allergenic, and no significant adverse effects from their use have been reported. It should be noted that the effectiveness of different commercial beta glucan supplements may vary widely.
To optimise immune function - 200mg (1 capsule) per day. In the face of exposure elevate this to 10mg/kg/day, (i.e. if you weigh 60kg you will need 3 capsules per day.)