The Beta-Glucan Revolution: Immunity-Support Candyceuticals
Fortifying our immunity has never been more critical in the face of the pandemic. From immunity-enhancing Chinese herbal teas to bespoke health formulations, we're all employing various strategies for self-protection. But how do we safeguard our children's health? You might have heard of the mystical 'Lingzhi' mushroom, a potent medicinal fungus often mentioned in Chinese martial arts movies and highlighted in the seminal work 'Compendium of Materia Medica' as a top-tier remedy. Modern science has validated that this fungus contains compounds that support immunity—Beta-glucans. As we grapple with the reality of mutating viruses, finding a long-term solution to bolster our defenses is paramount. So, what exactly are Beta-glucans, and how do they support and enhance our immunity, helping us navigate these challenging times? Let's unravel this mystery.
Unraveling the Mystery of β-Glucans
Beta-glucans are polysaccharides made up of multiple glucose molecules.
Like human hands holding or interlocking, these glucose molecules form linear and branched structures, classified into alpha-glucans and beta-glucans. Research indicates that these structures can confer substantial health benefits.
The Power of Beta-Glucans: Their Branched Structure
Glucans from different food sources have unique linkage patterns. Alpha-glucans, primarily present in rice, differ from beta-glucans found in fungi, algae, and plant cell walls, which display a variety of side chains branching off the main chain. Beta-glucans from plants and algae cell walls exhibit beta-1,3/1,4 linkages and act as dietary fiber for the gut microbiota, while those from yeast and mushrooms like Lingzhi and Shiitake, having beta-1,3/1,6 linkages, are believed to impact immunity positively.
The Immunity Support Powerhouse: β-1,3/1,6-Glucans
The degree of branching in glucans plays a crucial role in their biological activity. The higher the degree of branching, the stronger the biological activity. The "active polysaccharides" in Lingzhi, deemed effective by academia, correspond to the beta-1,3/1,6 glucan branches. These glucan structures can also be found in yeast, with an impressive extraction efficiency of up to 75%.
Fueling the Immune System with β-Glucans
Beta-glucans don't directly kill viruses; they power up the immune system to combat invaders. After beta-1,3/1,6 glucan supplementation, these polysaccharides pass through intestinal cells into the lymphatic tissues. Macrophages, key immune system cells, recognize beta-glucans as foreign substances and activate the immune defense mechanism. Macrophages break down beta-glucans into small fragments, which are then picked up by neutrophils, the most abundant immune cells in the body, enabling them to recognize and eliminate invaders swiftly. Like a bugle call, they alert other immune cells to be on guard against potential threats.
The Birth of Immunity Support Candyceuticals
Capitalizing on the immune-boosting potential of beta-glucans, Boncha Bio has pioneered the creation of immunity support candyceuticals. Developed in association with many hospitals and Traditional Chinese Medicine clinics, these "Immunity Support Teas" are made from natural Chinese herbal medicines. By solving the unpleasant bitterness of Chinese herbals and improving kids' immunity during this challenging period, a pleasant immune support candyceutical was born. Escaping the traditional image of health and nutritional supplements being hard to swallow, the focus now lies on delicious yet effective candy capsules.
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