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 (bā′tə-glo͞o′kăn′ -kən)
Any of various polysaccharides, such as cellulose, that are composed of glucose monomers and are found chiefly in the cell walls of fungi and plants, especially oats and barley. Beta-glucans are added to foods as a source of dietary fiber and are used as dietary supplements.
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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.
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.
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.