Decreases absorption: Beta-glucan
may lead to increased intestinal viscosity, which decreases the absorption of dietary fat and cholesterol
All of the beta-glucan
subjects survived anthrax infection.
In studies to reduce the negative health effects of a known stressor--such as animal transport and handling--animal physiologist Susan Eicher has shown that beta-glucan
(a yeast cell-wall product) and vitamin C supplements, fed together, can improve piglet health by enhancing the animals' growth and immune function after transport.
Similar to another fiber called pectin in consistency, beta-glucan
is a viscous fiber that our bodies can't digest.
The active ingredient in oats is a type of soluble fibre called beta-glucan
, which works by trapping cholesterol during digestion, keeping it out of the bloodstream.
Nitrogen effects on yield, beta-glucan
content, and other quality factors of oat and waxy hulless barley.
The research is important because beta-glucan
content is now de-emphasized in grains such as barley.
Nutritionists now believe that soluble fibre in the diet may help reduce the risk of heart disease, after studies showed that beta-glucan
, a soluble fibre found in oats, "soaks up" cholesterol.
But because oatmeal has less beta-glucan
than oat bran, you'd have to eat 1 1/2 cups of cooked oatmeal to get the same amount of beta-glucan
have engineered minifactories from the sugar-making systems in corn plants to produce beta-glucan
-- that potent, cholesterollowering compound found in oat bran (SN: 5/26/90, p.
Published clinical studies confirm that eating barley beta-glucan
soluble fiber lowers total and LDL cholesterol and reduces the risk for coronary heart disease.
The study with Wellmune--a beta-glucan
that acts as an immune fiber-found that toddlers consuming a formula containing Wellmune had fewer episodes and shorter duration of acute respiratory infections than children consuming an unfortified cow's milk-based beverage.