|Beta-Glucans are more than just a cosmetic ingredient
You may remember a time when your
mother lovingly consoled you as she cleaned your wound, applied an
antibiotic ointment and then placed a bandage over the area.
Norwegian researchers would have you replace the antibiotic ointment
with a common substance derived from Beta-Glucans. These
researchers, who recently publicized their findings through the
Research Council of Norway, observed that Beta-Glucans accelerate wound
healing and fight infection in animal models.
The research team plans to make a commercial wound healing gel available in 2012.
Dr. Rolf Einar Engstad, Chief Scientific Officer of the company
responsible for the research, Biotec Pharmacon, asserts, "This will be a
unique product that can be used for treating all types of wounds:
surgical incisions, diabetic ulcers and bedsores. There is nothing on
the global market that heals wounds in the same way."
Beta glucan is considered an external immunomodulator.
External immunomodulators are substances that have been shown to modify
the immune systems response to a threat upon it. It is an all-natural,
food source derived dietary supplement. It modulates and potentiates the
macrophage (white blood cells), keeping them in a highly prepared state
for any threat our immune system may encounter. With this balancing
effect, all subsequent immune responses improve. When your immune system
is in this highly prepared state, the invading organisms do not have
the time to build up force and strength before the immune system
attacks, destroys and/or weakens the invader.
Beta glucan has over 1,600 general research
papers ranging across 40 years. A majority of this health related
research has been completed at some of the most prestigious institutions
in the world, including Harvard Medical School, Tulane University,
National Cancer Institute, Department of Defense and the Department of
Agriculture, just to name a few. These studies have been performed on
literally every health condition / disease known to humanity, and time
and time again it has proven itself to be second to none. It has also
been shown to provide beneficial effects in the sports / athletic health