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Beta-glucans: The secret weapon for building a strong immune system

Covid-19 is surging. Propelled by the Delta variant, the rising case numbers in many parts of the country are causing fear among many people who thought we’d soon return to normalcy. This fear is made worse by confusion; conflicting mandates, misinformation, and a divisive national conversation are leaving many feeling a loss of control in their lives.

There is, however, something people can do to get back a sense of control. That is, build a powerful immune system. This can be done, in part, by utilizing beta-glucans.

Beta-glucans are a scientifically proven biological response modifier (BRM). BRM’s are defined as substances that stimulate the body’s response to infection and disease. Beta-glucans give a powerful boost to the immune system, and, in turn, are valuable weapons when your body is faced with “bad” germs — which, inevitably, it will be.

This article will cover:

  • The basics of the innate immune system
  • How to strengthen it
  • The role beta-glucans play in strengthening the immune system
  • The best version of beta-glucan to take

Understanding the Innate Immune System

The immune system is a network of different biological processes that protects a person’s body from disease, shielding it against anything harmful that it comes into contact with. These harmful things include bacteria, viruses, toxins, and allergens.

Every day, humans come into contact with germs that live all around them. While germs are everywhere, most of them don’t hurt people. Of the 60,000 types of germs that people come in contact with on a daily basis, only about one to two percent are potentially dangerous to normal people with normal immunity. What this means is it’s almost certain that every person will come into contact with the COVID-19 virus at some point in time.

Maintaining a good immune system is crucial for when we encounter “bad” germs, and innate immunity is the first line of defense for our bodies. Innate immunity includes natural functions and does not require previous exposure or a history of developing an immune response, like adaptive immunity does. The innate immune system recognizes invaders and triggers both local tissue responses (like inflammation) as well as systemic responses that recruit more immune cells to the site of infection.

In response to an invading pathogen (such as a virus), white blood cells called neutrophils are released from bone marrow and circulate in the bloodstream where they eat up some of the invaders.

Strengthening the Innate Immune System

There are a few things you can do to strengthen your immune system. One of these is to get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation has been linked to a suppressed immune response, which means that if you don’t get enough sleep, it will be much harder for you to fight off infections and illnesses.

A second way to build up the innate immune system is by eating a healthy diet. Studies have shown that people who eat a Mediterranean-style diet with lots of vegetables and fish such as sardines or wild salmon show higher immune cell activity than those who ate other diets, which could be due to the high content of omega-three fatty acids in these foods. A third way to build the innate immune system is by increasing the intake of vitamin D through supplements or sun exposure.

There is another way, too, to naturally build your immune system, a secret weapon with which to fight off bad germs: beta-glucans.

What are beta-glucans?

Beta-glucans, found in baker’s yeast, are a type of fiber that helps strengthen immunity. They stimulate white blood cells to produce cytokines (chemical messengers) which help fight infection by increasing the production of antibodies to attack disease agents; studies show that beta-glucans can act as the first line of defense against infection by viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. They can prevent cancer cells from growing, and have synergy with anti-tumor medications. Beta-glucans may also reduce levels of cholesterol, aid in weight loss, and help lower blood pressure.

How do they do all of this? Beta-glucans act as immunomodulators, modifying the function of an organism’s immune response. They expedite the activity of macrophages, cells that are versatile in their ability to ingest invaders and activate other immune cells. But, because the human body does not produce beta-glucans on its own, getting this compound is only possible through outside sources.

How to get beta-glucans into your system

Beta-glucans can be found in baker’s yeast, barley, oats, and medicinal mushrooms like reishi and shiitake, among other things. But for many people, altering their diet drastically isn’t a feasible option. For others, it’s simply not convenient.

Luckily, beta-glucans are available in supplement form. But not all supplements are created equal; some are not as bioavailable as others, which decreases their absorption.

Immune Defense is a proprietary formula exclusive to Qgenics, and is a viable way for the body to absorb beta-glucan. At the core of this formulation is Cellinfusion™ Technology which increases absorption 3.4 times. This provides maximum bioavailability and potency of the beta-glucan formulation at the cellular level to achieve results. 

Immune Defense is a potent formulation of Beta 1,3/1,6-D-Glucans from the cell walls of baker’s yeast. You can find Immune Defense at or the Qgenics website

Please note that this article is purely for educational and information purposes and is not medical advice. Please consult your doctor when making choices around your health. 

Strengthening the body’s innate immunity is vital to maintaining health. Studies have shown that beta-glucan does just that, and for those looking to add to their immune-strengthening supplement regimen, it offers a powerful tool.

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