Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Natural Cure #5: Oat Beta-Glucan

Beta-glucan is a soluble fiber that is derived from the cell walls of plants, algae, fungi, yeast and bacteria. Several studies have shown that beta-glucan changes the way the body’s immune system reacts by encouraging white blood cells to remain in a constant state of preparedness. This preparedness enhances the overall performance of the immune system and allows it to immediately attack invading organism before they cause any serious damage. The use of beta-glucan for health purposes is relatively new. Beta-glucan is often used for its cholesterol-lowering effects, its ability to control blood sugar, and as a supplemental cancer treatment. The Food and Drug Administration first recognized the health benefits of beta-glucan in 1997 when it passed a ruling allowing oat bran to be registered as a cholesterol-lowering food. The FDA recommended a daily dosage of 3 grams of beta-glucan for cholesterol-lowering effects. Nutritional Insider, Oct 19, 2010

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