successfully from those initial scientific observations to become a valid member of the therapeutic arsenal for the non-toxic support of wellness or treatment of human disease.
Beta 1,3 D-glucan - a refined extract of saccharomyces cerevisiae (commonly known as Baker's yeast) is just such a compound.
WHAT ARE 'BETA-GLUCANS'?
Beta glucans are polyglucose complexes which can be isolated and purified from many species of plants including, but not limited to, cereal grains such as barley and oats, from yeasts, mushrooms and from other fungi.
Comprising glucose molecules arranged in a backbone formation, with 'kinks' or bonding sites at specific 'links' in this chain, (determining their 1,3; 1,4 or 1,6 configuration/classification) beta glucans in general, and beta 1,3 D-glucan in particular has been creating wide-spread interest among phytochemical research scientists and knowledgeable health professionals ever since a crude immune-activating compound was first isolated from a yeast cell-wall and named 'Zymosan' by Dr. Louis Pillemer and his colleagues in the 1940s.
The active component of Zymosan was not identified until the 1960s, however, when Dr. Nicholas DiLuzio of Tulane University began experimenting with beta 1,3 D-glucan; one of the components he found within the original crude protein, lipid and polysachharide compound.
The key reason that beta 1,3 D-glucan is now generating interest among the scientific and preventive health communities is due to its clearly demonstrated ability to fortify and magnify the all-important 'primary' immune response in humans and animals.
Nature's Balance Beta Glucan is purified from Baker's Yeast using a patented enzymatic extraction system developed in Switzerland. Not only does this new technique yield an exceptionally pure product; free of contaminating and immune-activity-limiting fats and proteins, it also preserves the valuable low-density glucans that exist on the outermost layers of the yeast cell wall. This 'high-activity' material is dissolved away by existing hot acid/alkali production methods.
Before beta glucan can be absorbed across the gut wall through the specialized 'M' cells that make up just 1% of the gut lining, it must be broken down by an enzyme known as 'endoglucanase' that is produced by 'friendly' gut bacteria. Outer-surface low density glucans are more readily reduced to bioavailable fragments by endoglucanase than the higher density layers that remain after conventional extraction. For this reason, the greatest quantity of immune-reactive particles are made available for absorption when taking Nature's Balance Beta Glucan.
Nature's Balance is the ONLY brand of beta glucan supplement currently on the US market that is processed using this patented system.