Beta Glucan is a polysaccharide or complex chain of glucose molecules that is often regarded for its immunostimulant properties, beta glucan can be derived from a variety of sources, including whole grains (especially oat and barley); certain fungi such as baker’s yeast; and the medicinal mushrooms reishi, maitake and shitake. The chemical makeup often dictates the biological activity of the compound. Intense physical training can challenge the immune system as much as it does the athlete, with declines in such key immune markers as neutrophils, natural killer cells, T cells, and B cells often culminating in upper respiratory tract infections (URTI).
Function of Beta Glucan
Beta glucan activates key immune cells to help trap and consume various viral, bacterial, protozoan, and fungal invaders that can cause infection Beta glucan, a polysaccharide or complex chain of glucose molecules found on the fruiting body of the mushroom, supports immune function by activating macrophage immune cells as well as T cells and B cells, which trap and consume various viral, bacterial, protozoan, and fungal invaders that can cause infection and sideline an athlete from competition. Furthermore, medicinal mushrooms contain a large number of secondary metabolites, such as terpenoids, that are involved in a variety of biological processes important for immune functionality. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given beta glucan the GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) rating, meaning there are no known side effects or adverse reactions associated with its intended use. The Beta-Glucan we use is derived from oat sources.v