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Beta-glucans to help the immune system

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After reviewing the DCA site’s list of alternative treatments for cancer, one of the supplements caught my eye as being potentially helpful for Moses. The DCA site mentioned that beta-glucans help to boost the immune system.

Nicolas’ mom at Recovering Nicolas discusses how beta-glucans can help with fungal infections (one of the things that is a problem for my son). They can help the body fight off fungal infections by stimulating the immune cells’ foreign-body-killing capabilities and helping prevent the infection from coming back. Dietary sources of beta-glucan are yeast, mushrooms, barley and oats. Beta glucan derived from yeasts and mushrooms show greater support for immune system functions, while beta glucan derived from barley and oats are excellent sources of dietary fiber that help in lowering levels of cholesterol.

Life Source Basics, which was the product mentioned by the DCA site as being a good one, has a children’s chewable beta-glucan supplement. Ingredients: gluco polysaccharide, sucrose, stearic acid, natural lemon flavor, citric acid, magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide. You can get Life Source Basics (WGP Beta  Glucan) from iHerb.com. Five moms have rated this product as five-star for helping with their children’s immune system. Read their comments here.

Let me know if you have any experience with supplementing with beta-glucan, and what product you use.

More reading:

  • Scientific paper on the effect of beta-glucans on the immune system here.
  • Information about beta-glucans as an alternative cancer treatment, including a summary of some of the scientific studies here.

Update (April 25, 2011) – I think they are delicious (tastes like a lemon candy to me) but Moses does not like the taste of them, so this was a failed experiment…  Too bad!!!  I’m going to continue to take them daily until they are gone.

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  1. Pingback: Beta Glucan – A Powerful Immune Enhancer | Healthy Human

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