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Beta-glucan - dietary fibre with a turbo effect

The soluble dietary fibre beta-glucan in particular plays a special role in nutrition and cancer therapy due to its diverse health effects.

What are beta-glucans?

Beta-glucans consist of several D-glucose molecules that are linked together by chemical bonds. The enzymes in the human body cannot break these down, which is why beta-glucans are indigestible and are classed as dietary fibre. Beta-glucans occur as a natural cell wall component in various types of grain as well as bacteria, fungi, algae and yeasts. Due to their different chemical structures, however, they differ in terms of their physiological mode of action and solubilising properties. The Chaga mushroom extract from The Art of Raw contains a high proportion of beta-glucanis one of the strongest beta-glucan extracts and contains 40x more enzymes than Q10, for example. Chaga makes itself unpopular with free radicals in the body and is regarded as a cell protector to a fountain of youth of the present.

Which foods contain beta-glucan?

The most important sources of beta-glucan are normally found in the gluten-free grain oats. The beta-glucan content in oats averages 4.5 per cent in the dry matter. The same applies to barley (gluten-containing) - here the beta-glucan content is around 4.8 per cent. Chaga has a much higher beta-glucan content and has been authorised as a foodstuff by the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) in the USA.

Conclusion: Chaga is a win-win situation for today's health freaks.

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