Glucan Defense is a Beta Glucan based product derived from Reishi medicinal mushrooms(Ganoderma Lucidum). Beta glucans have been shown, through countless studies, to effectively enhance your body's immune system by activating the white blood cells including the macrophages, T-cells and the natural killer (NK) cells (Lindequist et al., The Pharmacological Potential of Mushrooms, 2005) The Macrophages (monocytes), Granulocytes (Neutrophil, Eosinphils, and the Basophils) and the Natural Killer (NK) cells serve as our body's frontline defense, responsible for finding, identifying, and consuming foreign invaders in our body.
The Reishi Mushroom has long been hailed in ancient Eastern medicine as the "mushroom of immortality" and the "medicine of kings" in the words of Naturalnews.com. According to Eastern thought, the body needs to defend itself against threats that are physical, such as viruses and bacteria that cause infection; emotional, such as stressors that cause anxiety; or energetic, in that they reduce alertness.
Studies show reishi mushrooms benefit people stricken with a variety of ailments, from high blood pressure to AIDS.
Reishi mushrooms contain super beta glucans, polysaccharide polymers (sugars) derived from the cell wall of mushrooms. Reearch has shown that super beta glucans effectively strengthen the immune system by activating the white blood cells, called macrophages, which are responsible for finding, identifying and consuming foreign invaders in our bodies. Because of their ability to do this, their efficacy has been confirmed in the therapeutic treatment and prevention of various infectious diseases, secondary immune defects, and oncological disorders.
Reishi Mushroom is known as Kisshotake or the "lucky fungus," in Japan. Reishi mushrooms were originally used in China in both cooking and traditional healing. However for several thousand years the Japanese have used these delicately flavored mushrooms in their cuisine.
It is a purely medical mushroom in the West because it is hard and woody and tastes very bitter. But it is nontoxic and has been the subject of surprising amounts of scientific research in both Asia and the West. Although most of the studies have been in animals, the results are so promising that human studies are now more and more prevalent. Reishi is currently available in the United States. It is said to have been used as a "fountain of youth" elixir for centuries. A novel protein with immunomodulating activity in vivo has been isolated from the mycellial extract of reishi mushrooms and is now available in a highly potent form.
The reishi mushrooms grown for use by National Beta are of the highest, purest quality.
Seen as an immunostimulant, the super beta glucans in reishi mushrooms have been helpful for people with AIDS, leaky-gut syndrome (associated with Autism/Asperger's syndrome), Epstein-Barr, chronic bronchitis, Chrons, and other infectious diseases. It is used as an aid to sleep, as a diuretic, as a laxative and to lower cholesterol.
Whatever the threat, reishi helps the body maintain its defense against these threats to its equilibrium, helping the body maintain balance. Also, due to its high content of heart-saving substances like sterols, ganoderic acids, coumarin, mannitol and polysaccharides, the reishi mushroom can help and treat cardiovascular disease by lowering triglyceride levels, removing excess cholesterol from the blood, lowering blood pressure, reducing platelet stickiness and even helping correct arrhythmia.
When the super beta glucans from the reishi are ingested, they stimulate the macrophages that recognize the foreign invaders in the body and attack.
Your use of reishi can also help relieve your everyday discomforts such as allergies. Japanese researchers discovered that the Ianostan in reishi acts as a natural antihistamine; that it is as powerful as 5 mg of hydrocortisone for arthritis or muscle aches; and that it can calm the mind and improve memory & focus.