What are beta-glucans and how do they relate to mushrooms?

In the world of health and wellness, there’s a LOT of buzz around beta-glucans—for good reason. Hailed by many as essential, these polysaccharide fibers may be able to support the immune system, healthy stress levels, and stable digestion.* You know you want beta-glucans in your diet, you just don’t know much about them.

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about beta-glucans in this blog post!

What is a Polysaccharide?

Beta-glucans are a type of polysaccharide, which may mean something to you if you’ve taken a recent biology class, but if not, we’ll break it down for you.

A polysaccharide is a complex carbohydrate found in all mushrooms. Unlike monosaccharides, polysaccharides are made up of long chains of sugar molecules linked together. It is quite difficult for the body to break down and digest, which may sound bad, but is actually good.

Polysaccharides are difficult to break down because they contain so many nutrients that it simply takes longer for the body to digest them. This also means you stay fuller longer and your blood sugar stays more stable after consuming them.* There are many polysaccharides out there, but not all are created equal. The particular polysaccharide believed to be the most “bioactive” is beta-glucans.*

What are beta-glucans?

Beta-glucans are sugars found in the cell walls of things like plants, bacteria and fungi. Some foods that contain beta-glucans include:

  • Mushrooms
  • Oats
  • Wholegrain
  • Barley
  • Seaweed

Not all beta-glucans are the same, different types have different branching structures. In the AdaptogenShrooms tincture lab results, we indicate with numbers what kind of beta-glucans are in them. The numbers indicate the amount of “active connection”.

Are beta-glucans good for you?

There’s a reason everyone is so obsessed with beta-glucans! These unique complex carbohydrates have a wide range of potential health benefits.*

Some of them are:

  • Beta-glucans may be able to support normal cell turnover and growth.*
  • Beta-glucans support the body’s natural defense mechanisms by promoting different functions within the immune system.* (2)
  • Beta-glucans can help support healthy digestion and blood sugar levels within normal limits.*

Where can you buy beta-glucans?

You can buy organic mushroom tinctures with high levels of beta-glucans from AdaptogenShrooms! Try Reishi Calm Tincture, Mushroom Mix Daily 10 Tincture, Lion’s Mane Focus Tincture or Cordyceps Energy Tincture. To learn more about beta-glucans and the benefits they can have for you, check out the AdaptogenShrooms Blog and Podcast. There is so much to learn about these incredible polysaccharides!

DOI: 10.3390/foods5040080 DOI: 10.1186/1475-2891-13-38 DOI: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.2011.00401

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