What is Micronized Beta Glucan and is it better for us?

I believe one of 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.

~AJ Lanigan

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