Beta Glucan - Immunomodulators

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(Natural News) Friday, May 23, 2014 by Dr. David Jockers

Much of 21st century chronic disease is due to a breakdown in the coordination and balance of the immune system. Immunomodulation is a key term that refers to the control and coordination of the immune system. Specific herbs, nutrients and botanical co-factors help to improve the immunomodulatory systems of the body. Beta glucans have been shown to be one of the best immunomodulation substances with powerful health benefits.

The immune system is designed to be highly sensitive to the presence of pathogenic microorganisms that pose a threat to the body. It is also designed to produce a strong inflammatory reaction with minimal collateral damage to the body.

When the body becomes overstressed it impairs the coordination of the immune system. This can lead to lowered or elevated immune activity. One with a lowered immune activity is at risk for various infections and cancer cell development. An individual with elevated immune activity is at risk for chronic inflammatory disorders such as allergies and asthma and auto-immune disorders.

Beta glucan (B-glucan) is a powerful immune stimulating compound found in certain medicinal mushrooms, yeast and other foods. Beta glucan is a polysaccharide that is made up of multiple sugar molecules linked together. The major beta glucan molecule is called 1,3-D glucan.

B-glucans are known by scientists as "biological response modifiers" that bind to the surface of innate immune cells which allows the cells to have a better coordination in their attack. This reduces the tendency toward auto-immune reactions and hyperinflammatory activity when the body is under attack.