FAQ – How Beta Glucan WorksTaken from the Full Interview conducted on May 9th, 2013 with creator A.J. Lanigan. The goal was to provide the most in-depth and most recent Facts About Beta Glucan.
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I would suggest chasing the Beta Glucan with a 4oz glass of water. Once the Beta Glucan goes down the esophagus, it passes into the stomach. Keep in mind that Beta Glucan is a complex carbohydrate, nature’s armor, and that the stomach acid is not going to affect it at all. It will then pass from the stomach into the small intestine. The Beta Glucan microparticles are going to be seen and consumed by M-cells, or microfold cells, inside your Peyer’s Patches in your small intestine. Think of the Peyer’s Patches as little Venus flytraps the physically reach up and grab these particles. They do not soak through the intestines. There is an actual grabbing of the particles which then pulls them through the lining of the intestine. Once inside these pockets, the particles are now inside the intestinal wall in what is called the GALT (Gut-Associated Lymphoid Tissue). There are millions of immune cells sitting and sampling everything that comes through the gut and they are going to be attracted to the Beta Glucan; which holds the fingerprint of the yeast, yet it does not cause any of the reactions that yeast may cause. Once the particles are gobbled up and internalized, they will begin to travel throughout the body. They go to the lymph system through the lymphnodes and then into the liver; and soon into the kidneys, lungs, and bone marrow. We have tracked this material all throughout the entire body and as it is travelling, it’s breaking down these insoluble particles into water soluble molecules that are just the perfect shape and size to fit that CR-3 receptor and activate the immune cells all over the body.