treats Burns, Heart protection during coronary artery bypass grafting, Immune stimulation, Hyperlipidemia, High blood pressure, Weight loss, Antioxidant, Diagnostic procedure, Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular disease, and Infections
TraditionWARNING: DISCLAIMER: The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.
Allergies, anti- aging, antibacterial, antiparasitic, antiviral, asthma, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), bedsores, bladder sphincter disorders (sphincter deficiency), colorectal adenocarcinomas, common cold, constipation, Crohn's disease, dermatitis, diabetic ulcers, diarrhea, diverticulitis (colon), ear infections, eczema, fibromyalgia, hepatitis, HIV/ AIDS, immunomodulator, immunostimulant, influenza, lung tumor, Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), radiation burns, respiratory infections, rheumatoid arthritis, shock, skin care, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, wounds, wrinkle prevention.
Adults (18 years and older)
Beta- glucan has been taken by mouth for a variety of conditions. Cereals containing beta- glucan or concentrates containing fiber (typically 8- 15 grams of beta- glucan) are the most common forms. For hyperlipidemia, 3- 16 grams of beta- glucan daily have been studied and found moderately effective in reducing HDL ("bad" cholesterol) levels. For high blood pressure, 5.52 grams of beta- glucan daily have been studied. For cardiovascular disease, 4 servings daily of two dietary fibers, beta- glucan (0.75 grams per serving) and psyllium (1.78 grams per serving), have been studied. For diabetes, 50- 90 grams carbohydrate portions of barley grain with meals have been studied for up to 12 weeks. Higher amounts of fiber and beta- glucan may result in a stronger effect. In addition, 10 grams of a barley beta- glucan fiber supplement (Cerogen®) that contained 6.31 grams of beta- glucan has been added to foods and drinks. For breast cancer, patients have taken 1- 3, 1- 6, D- beta glucan daily for 15 days. For heart protection during coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), 700 milligrams or 1,400 milligrams of beta- 1,3/ 1,6- glucan has been taken for five days in a row before surgery.
Beta- glucan has also been applied to burns on the skin as a collagen matrix for 24 hours.
Injections of beta- glucan forms have also been studied, and these should only be given under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist.
Children (younger than 18 years)
There is no proven safe or effective dose for beta- glucan in children, and use is not recommended.