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

Micronized beta glucan is completely made-up terminology used by certain companies for marketing purposes only. There is absolutely no research showing any benefit to “micronized” beta glucan whatsoever. Size, which is what “micronized” is referring to, has zero impact on the efficacy of a beta glucan product. These companies are knowingly misleading their consumers to try and gain an advantage. It’s extremely sad that companies go this far to deceive innocent people. Our Beta Glucan has been scientifically proven to work every single time based on real research and studies. Any marketing we use is based directly from the peer-reviewed studies that have been conducted by disinterested third-party researchers. We always strive to do things with complete transparency and integrity.

~Better Way Health

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

Not really, but I mentioned there are fights between the mushroom glucan groups and yeast glucan groups and about which is better. There was also a fight about which size is better. There was a time when we first tried to inject the glucan, which later we found it is not the ideal way to do it. And also we didn’t know how the whole process worked. As I mentioned, how it goes through the cells and how the cells will distribute it slowly. We couldn’t imagine how the big, really large glucans would be able to do something with the cells. So there was kind of an idea that smaller might be better. But now we know exactly how the cells are chewing it up into smaller pieces and releasing it and it is caught again and it goes back and forth. So there is absolutely no reason to believe a smaller glucan would do any better action.

Most probably it’s not. You have to remember that a lot of companies are to some extent hiding behind claims of patented manufacturing processes. They are not actually lying, they have the patents on how to make it. It is rather easy to get a patent on manufacturing glucan. Because at one step if you change the temperature, you immediately have a new process and you get a patent for it. It still doesn’t say the glucan is better and very few companies have patents on glucans showing that this particular glucan that they make is better in activity than the other glucans. So you can say whatever you want, the internet will accept a lot of things, a lot of statements. But if you cannot back it up with good science, it’s just your private statement.

~Dr. Vaclav Vetvicka

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