Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Q. What is Beta-1, 3-D glucan?
A. Beta-1, 3-D glucan is the sole active ingredient in Beta Glucan. It is derived from the cell walls of baker's yeast, making it the precise substance for which the actual glucan macrophage receptor has been identified. It is technically referred to as a polybranched polyglucose - so complex some refer to it as fiber.
Q. Is it safe? Is there any know toxicity related to this product?
A. There are many glucan products derived from many different substances, such as barley, mushrooms and oats, however bakers yeast has been proven the most effective extract. Baker's yeast extracts have has been given a G.R.A.S. Rating (Generally regarded as Safe) Rating by the FDA. No adversity or toxicity can be known to have this rating.
Q. Who can take Beta Glucan?
A. Everyone above room temperature. People with impaired immunity. People who are susceptible to allergies, autoimmune disease, infectious disease, slow and incomplete healing and cancer. People wishing to slow the aging process. People undergoing radiation or chemotherapy. People over 40 whose immune systems begin to slow through the aging process and geriatric patients. People who are exposed to radiation from external sources such as UV or electromagnetic fields. People with poor nutrition or who consume food preservatives. People under physical or emotional stress. Athletes and those who work out extensively. People with high risk of cardiovascular disease. Animals! To help them overcome illness, stay healthy and live longer.
Q. I am allergic to yeast. Will this cause a problem?
A. No. Although derived from baker's yeast (Saccharomyces ceravisiae), Beta Glucan is a pure isolate and does not contain enough yeast proteins to cause an allergic reaction.
Q. Could Beta Glucan cause over-stimulation of my immune system?
A. No. The presence of Beta potentiates the receptors on the surface of the macrophage. Only the presence of non-self (virus, bacteria, fungi, cancer, parasites, etc.) causes the macrophage to become stimulated. Beta alone does not stimulate.
Q. Will Beta-1, 3-D glucan cause or expand an autoimmune situation?
A. Beta-1, 3-D glucan does not create a danger. Considerable peer reviewed data indicates just the opposite.
Q. Are there any drug reactions that occur when taken with Beta-1, 3-D glucan?
A. There are no adverse effects known when Beta-1, 3-D glucan is taken in conjunction with pharmacological drugs. Beta-1, 3-D glucan enhances the effect of many anti-infective drugs, cholesterol reducing drugs and chemotherapeutic agents.
Q. Are the effects of Beta-1, 3-D glucan backed by scientific research?
A. Hundreds of scientific studies originating from such prestigious institutions as Tulane, Harvard, and the U. S. Armed Forces attest to the safety and efficacy of Beta-1, 3-D glucan.
Q. How do I know that your Beta Glucan contains the superior potency you claim on the bottle?
A. The material's sole active ingredient is Beta glucan. Numerous 3rd parties (including the universities, private laboratories, and competitors) have put Beta Gold through more tests than any other glucan product on the market today for purity, potency and particle size. Beta Glucan manufactured by A.J. Lanigan is text book in content, purity and potency.
Q. Why haven't we heard about this before?
A. For nearly three decades, Beta-1, 3-D glucan has been available to laboratories and medical schools. However, to purchase 1 (one) 100-mg sample of Beta-1, 3-D glucan, cost was close to $200.00! This made is highly prohibitive from a commercial standpoint.
Q. Are glucans from barley, oats, or other grains as effective as the beta glucans derived from bakers yeast?
A. They have been shown to be ineffective as an immune modulator. Only Beta-1, 3-D glucan from the cell wall of baker's yeast has been shown to have a potent effect on the immune system, in an economical manner.
Q. Since BETA GLUCAN is a very large molecule how does it get through the blood brain barrier?
A. Most people try to look at Beta glucan as having some sort of chemical effect on a tumor, virus or other pathogen. Beta glucan does not produce any type of chemical or a drug effect. Beta goes into the lymph and blood, it potentiates or modulates or causes a response to be affected simply by their proximity to certain white blood cells.
Q. When the BETA GLUCAN molecule is absorbed into the cell, does the molecular structure remain the same?
A. The Beta glucan molecule is not absorbed into the cells. There are receptors on the surface of neutrophils, macrophages and other phagocytes (immune cells). Once the Beta glucan particle comes in proximity to these receptors, they become more attentive. A cascade of events occur to turn the glucan treated host into "an arsenal of defense", says Czop from Harvard. The particulate from the Beta glucan do not physically go inside the cell and do anything. Again, we are talking about a non-chemical process. So going back to the question, "How does Beta glucan get through the blood brain barrier?" We do not have to get Beta glucan across a blood brain barrier. What does cross the blood brain barrier is the communication between our white blood cells, through interferon, interleukins, and in the area of cancers, Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF). Also, let's not forget there is a communication between certain white blood cells and autonomic nerves. Not only do we have communication via chemical fax messages that occur back and forth between the cells, we also have responses between the white blood cells and our autonomic nerve cells. Yes, if you get depressed or some other mental issue wears on you, it will affect the immune system.
Q. What is the difference between Baker Yeast Beta glucan and Oat Bran BG?
A. A majority of scientist agree that Grain Extracted BG is inferior to Bakers Yeast BG.
Q. What if I am on a medication ?
A. Always talk to your doctor before deciding to take Beta glucan. Also, give your Doctor copies of the Clinical Studies so the Doctor can research the safety of Beta Glucan, for himself/herself, before recommending the product. Beta-1, 3-D glucan has been shown safe and non-toxic. Beta glucan has also been shown to enhance the effects of medications.