Reduce cholesterol levels with beta-glucans
Have you ever wondered why they recommend eating oatmeal to lower cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular disease? This is largely due to healthy soluble fibre and the many benefits of beta-glucans. They help boost digestion, increase immunity, extend the feeling of satiety, maintain a clean digestive tract, promote weight loss, beautiful looks and well-being.
Most people have never heard of them, but they are discussed in nearly 13,000 expertly peer-reviewed articles published in scientific journals.
Beta-glucans from yeasts Saccharomyces cerevisiae are natural polysaccharides that are classified as immuno-modulators; which means they “modulate” (change) our immune system to make it as effective as possible. These fibre-like molecules work by activating all the cells of the immune system in the body. When the body is confronted with foreign pathogens (e.g., viruses, bacteria, fungi, cancer, parasites, etc.), beta-glucans place immune cells on “high alert” to deal with attackers.
Beta-glucans from oats are a form of soluble dietary fibre that is strongly associated with improving cholesterol levels and improving heart health. Like many fibres, they are also available in the form of a dietary supplement.
Beta-glucans found in nature are found in whole grains, some plants such as oats, bran, wheat and barley. They act as highly conserved structural components of cell walls in seaweed, yeast, and fungi such as maitake and reishi mushrooms.
Why do we need fibre?
Dietary fibre is obtained from plant or vegetable food sources. You may have heard that fibre is good for us, but did you know that not every fibre is the same? There are two main categories of dietary fibre: soluble and insoluble. There are different types within each category. Soluble fibre, such as beta-glucans, is partially soluble in water. Insoluble fibre does not dissolve at all. Most foods contain both types of fibre, but the amounts can vary.
Dietary fibre supports good health as it helps the body reduce cholesterol and control blood sugar levels. It also helps with constipation and bowel movements, maintains healthy bacteria in the gut and helps regulate body weight.