Beta-Glucans and Cancer

Unlocking the Power of Beta-Glucan in the Fight Against Cancer
Written by Keith Bishop, Clinical Nutritionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy, Author

In the journey to Prevail Over Cancer, understanding the role of nutrition and natural compounds can be a game-changer in enhancing treatment outcomes and overall well-being. Among these, beta-glucan stands out for its remarkable health benefits, particularly in supporting individuals battling cancer.

What is Beta-Glucan?

Beta-glucan is a naturally occurring polysaccharide found in the cell walls of cereals, bacteria, and fungi, with oats and barley being particularly rich sources. Known for its immune-enhancing properties, beta-glucan has captured the attention of both the scientific community and those seeking to support their health through natural means.

A Beacon of Hope for Cancer Patients

Research has illuminated the potential of beta-glucan as a powerful ally in the fight against cancer. Here's how it can make a difference:

  1. Immune System Support: Beta-glucan acts as an immunomodulator, helping to strengthen the body's immune defense mechanisms. By enhancing the activity of immune cells like macrophages and natural killer cells, it empowers the body to fight against cancerous cells more effectively.
  2. Enhancing Chemotherapy and Radiation Treatments: Studies suggest that when used alongside conventional cancer treatments, beta-glucan may improve their efficacy. This is thought to be due to its ability to target and weaken cancer cells, making them more susceptible to chemotherapy and radiation.
  3. Supporting Longevity: Emerging evidence indicates that cancer patients incorporating beta-glucan into their regimen may experience improved survival rates. This is attributed to its immune-boosting and anti-tumor properties, highlighting its potential as a complementary therapy in cancer care.

Food Sources of Beta-Glucan

Incorporating beta-glucan into your diet is a proactive step towards harnessing its benefits. Rich sources include:

  • Oats and Barley: A bowl of oatmeal or barley soup can be a comforting, nutritious way to start your day or warm up your evenings.
  • Mushrooms: Varieties like shiitake, maitake, turkey tail, and reishi are not only delicious but also packed with beta-glucan.
  • Seaweeds and Algae: Adding a unique flavor and texture to dishes, these sea vegetables are another excellent source.

Beta-glucan Supplements

Since I can’t consistently consume foods with beta-glucan I choose to take a supplement. Beta-glucan is an ingredient in Pathway #4: I take 2 capsules twice daily before meals.
Click or tap here to learn more about Pathway #4.

A Note of Caution

While beta-glucan offers promising benefits, it's important to approach its use thoughtfully, especially for those undergoing cancer treatment. Consulting with a healthcare professional is crucial to ensure it complements your treatment plan safely and effectively. Learn about my Cancer Coaching Sessions.

Embracing a Holistic Approach

At Prevail Over Cancer, I believe in empowering our community with knowledge and resources to support their health and well-being. Incorporating beta-glucan into your diet, alongside a balanced lifestyle and conventional treatments, can be a powerful step in your cancer journey.

Remember, you're not alone in this fight. Together, with the right information and support, we can prevail over cancer.

This information is for educational purposes. As with any information on the internet and social media, you should consult with your healthcare providers before making changes in your treatment program.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Beta-Glucan Cancer Reference Sources Include

Wold CW, Christopoulos PF, Arias MA, et al. Fungal polysaccharides from Inonotus obliquus are agonists for Toll-like receptors and induce macrophage anti-cancer activity. Commun Biol. 2024;7(1):222. Published 2024 Feb 23. doi:10.1038/s42003-024-05853-y

Zhou G, Liu H, Yuan Y, Wang Q, Wang L, Wu J. Lentinan progress in inflammatory diseases and tumor diseases. Eur J Med Res. 2024;29(1):8. Published 2024 Jan 3. doi:10.1186/s40001-023-01585-7

Zhang M, Zhang Y, Zhang L, Tian Q. Mushroom polysaccharide lentinan for treating different types of cancers: A review of 12 years clinical studies in China. Prog Mol Biol Transl Sci. 2019;163:297-328. doi:10.1016/bs.pmbts.2019.02.013

Chang Y, Zhang M, Jiang Y, et al. Preclinical and clinical studies of Coriolus versicolor polysaccharopeptide as an immunotherapeutic in China. Discov Med. 2017;23(127):207-219.


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