Benefits of Yeast Glucan
Take yeast glucan to lower bad cholesterol
Yeast glucan has been proven to have the ability to lower bad cholesterol. According to a study that was published on the Journal of Immunotoxicology in 2009, yeast glucan has bad cholesterol lowering effects. The scientific mechanism behind this effect is the ability of yeast glucan to bind excess cholesterol which prevents its absorption in the body.
According to a study that was published on the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in June 2007, yeast glucan helps in reducing blood pressure. Although more studies are required to ascertain the effectiveness of yeast glucan in reducing blood pressure, the study established that yeast glucan can be used in treating cardiovascular diseases, and in particular the atherosclerotic coronary heart disease (CHD). The scientific mechanism behind this benefit of yeast glucan is its ability to reduce oxidized low-density lipoprotein which increases the risk of developing CHD.
According to a study by the Institute of Medical Biology, Faculty of Medicine University of Troms?, Norway, taking yeast glucan daily boosts the immune system. The scientific mechanism behind this activity of yeast glucan is its ability to enhance the response speed of the immune system. Thus, it stimulates the immune system to naturally fight and kill disease causing organisms.
Yeast glucan dosage
To be effective, yeast glucan should be taken as follows:
- To lower bad blood cholesterol take 500mg of yeast glucan per day in dosage of 2 capsules or 3 grams of barley or oat glucan.
- To lower blood pressure, 4.5 grams of yeast glucan should be taken every day for six weeks.
- To boost the immune system, 100mg of yeast glucan should be taken per day by healthy persons and 500mg per day by older persons.
Yeast glucan side effects
Although almost every yeast glucan review that you come across highlights its benefits only, there are side effects that you need to know. They include allergic reactions, laxative and flatulence effects. To avoid these side effects, take yeast glucan as prescribed by the manufacture or as directed by the physician. If you are allergic to food sources of yeast glucan such as oat and barley, do not take yeast glucan supplement.
Pregnant and breast-feeding women should not take yeast glucan. This is because there is not adequate information or studies conducted on its efficacy and safety on lactating and pregnant women. Yeast glucan has tyramine and therefore it should not be used with the MAOIs or monoamine oxidase inhibitors.
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