Beta-Glucan is a soluble fiber that is typically sold as a supplement. It is typically found naturally in cereal grains, yeast, and certain mushrooms. This polysaccharide offers several health benefits ranging including lowering cholesterol, improving blood sugar management, and boosting the immune system.
According to some researchers in alternative medicine, proponents claim that beta-glucan may help with health conditions such as allergies, asthma, diabetes, high cholesterol, and rheumatoid arthritis. The latest trends for beta-glucans are the additions to foods as a functional food ingredient.
Beta-Glucan works by regulating the immune system as they pass through the intestinal tract. Some beta-glucans stimulate the immune system directly by interacting with immune cells.
Viscous fibers such as psyllium, beta-glucans, and pectin may form a gel in the small intestine, which acts to delay nutrient absorption, slowing the delivery of glucose into the bloodstream and reducing the need for insulin. These fibers’ ability to lower postprandial glycemia and insulinemia, as well as cholesterol, has been established in numerous studies. Bacteria ferment beta-glucans in the intestinal tract, producing short-chain fatty acids. These may stimulate insulin release from the pancreas and alter glycogen breakdown by the liver and therefore play a role in glucose metabolism and protect against insulin resistance
ChRi is the only lab in the world that can conduct beta-glucan testing in complex food and pharmaceutical matrices.
These methods have positioned ChRi as an expert allowing for continued collaboration with some of the largest food companies in the world. Compared to standard Megazyme kit that is typically used for testing, ChRi combines robust scientific expertise with world renown methods. Partner with a cGMP testing facility that works to ensure that our beta-glucan testing meets the industry standards.