What are some of the biggest misnomers about Beta Glucan?

I believe the most misleading thing on the internet to be, the misuse of the term “Micronized.” This marketing gimmick has been out there for as long as I’ve been involved in the Beta Glucan business. I don’t even believe “micronized” to be a word. For those who are unfamiliar, a micron is a measurement of length.

It’s like a foot, an inch, or a yard; if I told you something was inchized or yardized, what in the world would that be telling you? It would mean NOTHING. Hence, to be using such a term in order to describe a compound you sell, doesn’t really mean anything. Is it one micron, two microns, or 200 microns? Now if the term Sub-Micronized was used, it would indicate the diameter of a particle less than one micron. I’ve got news for all of you. All Baker’s Yeast cells are the same size: 2-4 Microns. Therefore, all Beta Glucans, unless they have been crushed up by process, are going to be 2 to 4 Microns. Now I see some websites talking about, “Oh! You know they’re throwing boulders [Big Microns] and we’re shooting bullets [“Micronized” Microns].” It is all “Stupid Hogwash,” preying on the ignorance of the public.

The bottom line is, your immune cells, we’re talking about the phagocytes; can actually consume two, three, four, and maybe even more of these 2-4 micron-sized particles. How do I know that? Again, it is published in peer-reviewed literature.

Another example is a study published out of Japan where scientists made their own beta glucan, without discussing their source or how it was purified. They fed a particular prescription NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug) to some rats while at the same time, they gave them their self-made Beta Glucan: All of The Rats Died!

Due to this flawed study, many remarks were made claiming beta glucan should not be taken with Tylenol, Aspirin, or Ibuprofen. So, I asked that the experiment be repeated with Beta-1, 3D Glucan and in fact, the study was published and None of The Rats Died! That misinformation about not being able to take beta glucan with common NSAIDs is as bogus as the day is long. Another gripe I have, and I do not mind citing it, is the one I have taken up with WedMD.

These guys are not reliable when they say beta glucan should not be taken for more than a week consecutively. I have asked them, “Where is your resource on this subject?” I have customers who have taken very high doses of beta glucan daily for more than a decade and they are healthy as can be. Their children, and now their children’s children, are taking high doses of Beta Glucan on a daily basis. I have never had ONE person who has ever had a side effect where some doctor said “Beta Glucan is the reason for this side effect.”

It is probably one of the safest, if not THE SAFEST compound you can put in your body. This includes Vitamin C and Vitamin A, as you can ingest toxic levels of these vitamins. So those are my three biggest issues/misnomers that I see floating around out there. After 15 years, I feel we have done a good job educating our customers and encouraging them to do their due diligence. Therefore, I believe the tide is slowly turning against these urban legends and false rumors.

-AJ Lanigan

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