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What are the health benefits of beta-glucans?

There have been countless scientific studies on beta-glucans for several decades. Studies have shown that they regulate blood sugar, improve the feeling of satiety, have a positive effect on intestinal health, activate the immune system and lower blood cholesterol levels.

Intestinal health with Chaga extracts and Chaga tea infusions

Beta-glucans serve as an energy source for the bacteria in the large intestine and are converted by them into short-chain fatty acids (acetate, butyrate and propionate), which in turn serve as nutrients for the intestinal wall cells. By maintaining a natural intestinal flora (regeneration of the intestinal mucosa), the development of pathogenic bacterial strains is thus counteracted. In addition, butyrate is known for its anti-inflammatory effect, which is why people with chronic inflammatory bowel diseases in particular benefit from the high beta-glucan intake of chaga mushrooms.

Immune system activation and antioxidant effect of chaga beta-glucan

The immunomodulating effect of beta-glucans is due to the activation of macrophages in the wall of the small intestine. The so-called macrophages serve to eliminate microorganisms by removing them by means of Phagocytosis dissolve invading bacteria. In addition, macrophages release important substances, which in turn communicate with other immune cells. The macrophages have a specific receptor to which beta-glucan molecules dock, which stimulates the activity of the immune cells and the immune system. Chaga beta-glucan is apparently the most effective natural immune modulator according to current findings. In addition, beta-glucans from chaga have strong antioxidant properties and act as free radical scavengers. Further research shows that beta-glucan can also be of great benefit in the treatment of cancer, ulcers, infectious diseases, burns and trauma.

Chaga lowers LDL cholesterol

Beta-glucan from chaga has been proven to reduce the cholesterol content in the blood by binding bile acids and cholesterol in the intestine. The bound substances are excreted together with the indigestible fibre, which reduces the reabsorption of bile acids from the lower intestinal section (ileum). This stimulates the liver to synthesise new bile acids from the cholesterol in the blood. As a result, less cholesterol remains in the blood and the total and LDL cholesterol levels fall. HDL cholesterol levels and triglycerides remain unchanged.

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