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Beta Glucan Oats

Beta Glucan (oats):  Beta-Glucans are a form of natural soluble dietary fiber found in such foods as barley, oats, corn bran and mushrooms. Purified beta 1,3/1,6 glucan is what is usually sold in supplemental form. Beta-glucans activate certain white blood cells called Macrophages. In this way they appear to intensify the immune system’s ability to fight off infection. Produced by the marrow, Macrophages patrol the body gobbling up foreign invaders such as bacteria and fungus but must first be activated. Beta-glucans activate these immune cells. Beta-glucans may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. The FDA allows companies like Quaker Oats to claim that their product helps reduce the risk of heart disease as long as certain levels of beta-glucans are present. Beta-glucan may also help people with allergies, skin inflammations, pre/post chemotherapy, people with extremely active or stressful lifestyles and athletes.

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