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What is Beta 1,3-D Glucan?

Beta 1,3- 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 branches poly-glucose - so complex some refer to it as a fiber.

Is it safe? Is there any known toxicity related to this product?

Beta Glucan is a Baker's yeast extract. Baker's yeast extracts have been given a G.R.A.S. Rating (Generally regarded as Safe) by the FDA. No adversity or toxicity can be known to have this rating

Who will benefit from taking Beta Glucan?

Everyone has the potential to benefit from taking Immune Choice's Beta Glucan in the correct dose. Especially people with impaired immunity, or who are susceptible to allergies, autoimmune disease, infectious disease, slow and incomplete healing and cancer, undergoing radiation or chemotherapy, or exposed to radiation from external sources such as UV or electromagnetic fields, or with a nigh risk of cardiovascular disease. People under physical or emotional stress, or who have poor nutrition or who consume food preservatives. Beta glucan can also help to slow the aging process. Athletes and those who work out extensively will notice more benefit from their workouts while taking Beta Glucan. Animals will also benefit from taking Beta Glucan, because their immune systems are very similar to ours.

Are glucans from barley, oats, or other grains as effective as the beta glucans derived from bakers yeast?

Glucans derived from barley, oats, or other grains 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.

I am allergic to yeast. Will this cause a problem?

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.

Are there any drug reaction that can occur when taking Beta Glucan?

There are no adverse effects known when Beta 1,3-D glucan is taken in conjunction with pharmacological drugs. Beta 1,3-D Glucan safely enhances the effect of many anti-infective drugs, cholesterol reducing drugs and chemotherapeutic agents.

Will Beta glucan cause over-stimulation of my immune system?

No. The presence of Beta glucan 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 glucan alone does not stimulate.

Are the effects of Beta 1,3-D glucan backed by scientific research?

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.

How do I know that your Beta Glucan contains the superior potency you claim on the bottle?

The material's sole active ingrediate is Beta glucan. Numerous 3rd parties (including the universities, private laboratories, and competitiors) have put Beta Glucan 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 textbook in content, purity and potency.

Why haven't we heard about this before?

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 for a commercial standpoint.

Will Beta 1,3-D Glucan cause or expand an autoimmune situation?

Beta 1,3-D Glucan does not create a danger. Considerable peer reviewed data indicates just the opposite.

Dr. Vaclav Vetvicka from the University of Louisville answers the three most important questions about Beta glucan:
Is Beta 1, 3-D glucan safe and effective? For over 40 years, beta glucans have been thoroughly tested on everything from earthworms to human beings….even plants. Use of materials ranging from cancer to infectious disease to allergies…Beta glucan always works. It appears that the primary things to consider about these compounds are that they are properly and sufficiently purified and are they biologically active. They are certainly safe.

Beta glucans seem to have a great range of price in the marketplace. When one shops, how can one determine if they are getting a properly prepared, sufficiently purified and biologically active material? Price is no indicator at all. Unless that particular batch has been properly assayed for purity and potency, you can not know if the dose is in the proper amount. Also, you can not expect a quality product unless every batch is tested…including a test for bio-activity. Many companies test nothing at all.

How can A.J. Lanigan claim that he has the best Beta 1, 3-D glucan on the market? I can say the following about the A.J. Lanigan brands. He has set the highest standards in the industry for purity and potency. He rejects over 90% of the material produced in their US factory and I know of no company in the world that is willing to do that. They can not afford it. I can further state that his brands have been the most intensively studied and we know and understand more about his material than any other available on the market today. He continues to expand this work by comparing materials on a side by side basis and he publicly reports the results. In a market that has many snake oil salesmen, you know the best is what you are getting when A.J. Lanigan’s name is on the bottle.

Since Beta Glucan is a very large molecule how does it get through the blood brain barrier?

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. We do not have to get Beta glucan across a blodd 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 commmunication 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 response between the white blood cells and our autonomic nerve cells. If you become depressed or some other mental issue wears you, it will affect the immune system.

When the Beta Glucan molecule is absorbed into the cell, does the molecular structure remain the same?

Recent studies have shown exactly how this process occurs. Once the Beta glucan particle is phagocytized, the cell will begin digestion of the Beta glucan. After approximately 3 days, the Beta glucan is no longer a particle, but a water soluble glucan. The cell then begins to secrete the soluble glucan, causing a cascade of events to occur which 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.

   

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