Price: £19.95 - £39.95
Manufacturer: Pharma Nord
Beta Glucan supplements is Pharma Nord's Bio-Glucan Plus containing beta 1,3/1,6 glucans as well as SelenoPrecise (a patented, highly absorbable, organic selenium yeast) and vitamin D3, both of which contribute to normal function of the immune system. Bio Glucan Plus contains Yestimun beta glucans with a high degree of purity (85%). This source has been chosen because of the greater purity, the more effectively the glucans are recognised by the body. Bio Glucan Plus may particularly benefit individuals whose immune system has been weakened through lifestyle, stress or ageing.
Why Pharma Nord Bio-Glucan Plus:
Beta 1,3/1,6 glucans contained in Bio-Glucan Plus act as a primer of innate immune system. The name indicates, the innate immune system is inborn, and serves as the body’s first line of defence against infectious organisms. This is in contrast to acquired immunity, which involves the development of antibodies against foreign organisms, as the second line of defence. Beta 1,3/1,6 glucans provide a stimulus to activate neutrophils, macrophages, and natural killer (NK) cells of the innate immune system against infectious organisms.
In addition, Vitamin D and Selenium are two nutrients that are known to play an important role in supporting immune function.
The formulation of Bio-Glucan Plus contains Yestimun, a superior source of beta 1,3/1,6 glucans, with a dry matter content >85% and alpha-D-mannan content of<2%. The type of glucans used in Bio-Glucan Plus should not be confused with the type of glucans (beta 1,3/1,4 glucans) obtained from cereals such as oats and wheat, which have a different molecular structure and different actions within the body.
Pharma Nord recommends 2-4 tablets to be taken per day or as directed by a physician. To be taken with food.
Suitable for vegetarians.
No significant adverse effects have been reported from clinical trial studies using beta 1,3/1,6 glucans.
Pregnant or lactating women and those on medication should consult a doctor before using any product.
Name and Package:
The trade name of the preparation is Bio-Glucan Plus. It is sold in tablets packed in blister packs, in boxes of 60 and 150.
Declared content per tablet:
*85% beta 1,3/1,6 glucan from yeast
The raw materials comply with government regulations in the EC and Scandinavia. Testing ensures that the raw materials are in accordance with their certificates of analysis.
The tablets are produced under pharmaceutical control.
The preparation is a light yellow coated oblong tablet.
The average tablet weight is 658mg with a deviation of ±5%.
The tablets are packed in a press out transparent plastic blister pack with an aluminium membrane approved for use with food.
All blister packs are batch numbered and the boxes are date stamped in accordance with current regulations.
Minimum 3 years.
Product to be stored at room temperature.
The rights to this product belong to:
Pharma Nord ApS, Denmark.
Brewers’ yeast in its natural form is an excellent source of valuable B-vitamins and many other minerals and trace elements. With such powerful “equipment”, it supports a multitude of areas of use. Pure brewers’ yeast is seen as one of the most effective food supplements. It helps the body to regenerate and keep healthy. Yeast-derived beta glucan is a polysaccharide from the yeast cell wall and is classified as an indigestible fibre. -(1,3)-(1,6)-glycosidic bond of yeast beta glucan is recognised by the receptors inside the intestine and thus triggers the body’s macrophages.
Bio-Glucan Plus from Pharma Nord UK now contains beta glucans supplied by German experts. Yestimun is beta glucan in its pure form, which they extract from raw materials in accordance with the German purity law. Through a gentle process, brewers’ yeast is purified to produce Yestimun in such a way that the beta glucan’s natural structure is maintained. This is how they enable the intestinal receptors to recognise this structure and trigger the immune defence system.
The name Beta Glucan was devised by scientists who discovered the component of the yeast cell wall in the 1960s. It is derived from the individual components (glucose) and the beta (b)-glycosidic bonds linking the glucose components.
Both yeast and barley/oat glucans share the same basic component (glucose) and bond type (b-glycosidic). However, the connection points within the glucose differ. Barley/oat glucans are connected by a b-(1,3)-(1,4) glycosidic bond, while yeast beta glucan is linked by a b-(1,3)-(1,6) glycosidic bond. Due to the specific bond type, only the yeast beta glucan is recognised by the intestine and as such has an effect on the primary immune system.
At present, yeast beta glucan is seen as a foodstuff or food supplement. In the US, yeast beta glucan has the status GRAS (generally recognised as safe). In Japan, beta glucans from mushrooms have also been known for some time. In Germany, Yestimun is officially classified as a foodstuff.
The yeast cell uses the structure of the beta glucans in order to form a solid shell. In natural bakers’ or brewers’ yeast, the beta glucan is covered by a layer of mannoproteins or manno-oligosaccharides. This top layer is removed during the purifying process revealing the structure of the yeast beta glucans, which can be recognised by the body. The higher the level of purification, the more effectively the glucans are
recognised by the body.
Yestimun’s beta glucan structure matches those of other highly purified glucans. Additionally, with Yestimun you can be sure that only brewers’ yeast from German breweries is used and they are therefore guaranteed free from any genetic engineering.
It is a known fact that people who are exposed to high levels of stress are more susceptible to colds and infections. A study of 45 men and 105 women aged 18-65 demonstrated good effect of beta-glucans after a four-week treatment period. They had significantly fewer signs of URTI (urinary tract infection), better overall health, increased vigor, and a much higher level of self-reported mental well-being. In other words, beta-glucans both protected them against stress and stress-related health problems. A similar study on 75 male and female marathon runners showed that those who were given a supplement of beta-glucans daily for four weeks, following a marathon race, had significantly fewer symptoms of urinary tract infection. Also, they had better overall health, decreased confusion, less fatigue, tension, and anger and increased vigor.
I found i used to get colds and flu all the time so thought i would give beta glucans a go. Since ive started using them i never get ill and if i do it has been a slight sore throat for a day at most. They have helped me out a lot. Great product and would recommend them to anyone who wants to strengthen their immune system.
I went through a stage when my son first started nursery where he seemed to bring home a new mutant strain of virus every day, my wife and I were literally ill for a few months straight; however, since starting the glucans I've not had more than a bit of a sore throat, and even that passed quickly. I usually get at least one bad chest infection in the winter so I'm keen to see how it works then.
Have taken for a number of years now, is a good all round product mainly for my immune system, helps to keep colds at Bay.
I started taking Bio-Glucan to boost my natural defences against viruses etc. Since taking I can definitely say that I have had fewer colds and those that I have had appear to have been far less severe. I did take a break from the tablets for a month or so and fell foul of two heavy colds! Is it any surprise that I started taking them again and have continued ever since?
My dad needed a serious operation and I was worried about him coming down with a secondary infection.
My dad started taking Bio-Glucan about a month before the operation to prevent infection and aid recovery by keeping his immune system topped up.
The operation was about 6 hours long, but he was out of hospital within a week and all of the staff were amazed at the speed of his recovery.
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