Beta-Glucan

Beta-Glucan
Image of Beta-Glucan | C18H32O16 | Supreme Pharmavet
Chemical Formula C18H32O16
Molecular weight 504.438 g/mol
Names and Identifiers
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Traditional Name Beta-Glucan, Epiglucan, Beta-Glucosylglucan
CAS Registry Number 9012-72-0, 9041-22-9

 

β-Glucans (beta-glucans) comprise a group of β-D-glucose polysaccharides naturally occurring in the cell walls of cerealsbacteria, and fungi, with significantly differing physicochemical properties dependent on source. Typically, β-glucans form a linear backbone with 1–3 β-glycosidic bonds but vary with respect to molecular mass, solubility, viscosity, branching structure, and gelation properties, causing diverse physiological effects in animals.

At dietary intake levels of at least 3 g per day, oat fiber β-glucan decreases blood levels of LDL cholesterol and so may reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. β-glucans are used as texturing agents in various nutraceutical and cosmetic products, and as soluble fiber supplements, but can be problematic in the process of brewing.

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