Diabetes Care. Position of the American Dietetic Association: health implications of dietary fiber. Viscosity of beta-glucan in oat products. Food Agric. Fibras alimentares.

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Food and Drug Administration FDA has approved a heart-healthy label for foods that have high amounts of beta glucan, based on this evidence. Several studies suggest that beta glucan may lower cholesterol and triglycerides.

One found that eating oats with at least 3 g of beta glucan daily reduced bad cholesterol LDL levels between 5 and 7 percent. Regulates blood sugar levels It may help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. It may also improve blood sugar control for those who already have diabetes.

Stimulates immune system Researchers believe that beta glucan could have some positive effects on the immune system. However, more research is necessary. Most research to date has been in the form of animal trials. Scientists think beta glucan may be able to stimulate the immune system and help the body fight off disease and infection more effectively. However, the human immune system is complicated and researchers are still learning how it works.

It may take some time before we know the exact effects beta glucan has and if it can improve immune system function. How does beta glucan work? This means that it takes longer for the body to digest food. Beta glucan is indigestible, so it goes through the whole digestive tract. As it travels through, it can take cholesterol out with it, lowering levels.

Beta glucan is naturally in some foods, and is generally considered safe. Talk to your doctor before taking any supplements. People with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, asthma, and inflammatory bowel disease may need to especially use caution with beta glucan supplements.

This is because their immune system is already overactive. Be sure to talk to your doctor before taking supplements if you have any chronic health conditions.

The best way to get fiber is through your diet.


Beta-glucanos: reguladores inmunitarios y protectores cardiovasculares

Water-binding capacities Oat beta glucans Oat bran is produced by removing the starchy content of the grain. It is rich in dietary fibers, especially in soluble fibers, present in the inner periphery of the kernel. Oats contain more soluble fibers than any other grain, resulting in slower digestion and an extended sensation of fullness, among other things. Beta-D-glucans, usually referred to as beta glucans, comprise a class of indigestible polysaccharides widely found in nature in sources such as grains, barley , yeast , bacteria , algae and mushrooms. In oats, they are concentrated in the bran, more precisely in the aleurone and sub-aleurone layer see picture above. Oat beta glucan is a natural soluble fiber.


Beta Glucan: The Heart-Healthy Fiber


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