Beta Glucan History and Yeast Beta Glucans

Beta Glucan History and Yeast Beta Glucans

November 5, 2019 0 By Ewald Bahringer


Can you speak to the history at all of
beta glucans and how we found out that that they can
be beneficial to our health? Sure, beta glucans were a found to be in the
cell wall of many plant materials, and as we spoke earlier we know that the
oat and barley beta glucans are soluble components of plant cell walls, and have some real health benefits
that we’ve talked about. Also the beta glucans from mushrooms
were discovered probably well over a century ago. And we know a lot about these soluble
carbohydrates and how they can impact human health as well.
The yeast beta glucan was was really structurally discerned as
being part of the cell wall about fifty years ago, and from that time
forward people identified, researchers identified, some the unique aspects of the yeast beta glucan,
for example, the yeast beta glucan has a
particular chemical structure whose form is recognized by immune cells. And
this is different than other types of beta glucan and they’re
not necessarily recognize well by your immune system. Also when you’re immune cells recognize
the yeast beta glucan they know exactly what to do, how to react. So as our knowledge of beta glucans has
increased over the last 100 years or so, and most particularly I’d say over the
last twenty to thirty years, we’ve determined one structural
differences that occur within different beta glucans. And
secondly how those structural differences impact biological activity. And which
particular beta glucan can can go towards what form of
health benefit.