Beta-Glucan to Reduce Cholesterol Levels

Diet advice
Il Beta-Glucano per Ridurre i Livelli di Colesterolo
Beta-glucans belong to a class of polysaccharides which are not digested, and are present above all in bran, oats, algae, yeasts and mushrooms. They mainly consist of D-Glucose, whose units are linked at the level of Beta 1,3 or Beta 1,4 glycosidic. The structure itself of these polysaccharides, being non-digestible or only partially digestible, therefore influences the metabolic, hypoglycemic, hypocholesterolemic and immunomodulatory. Being able to reach the intestine practically intact, they have a definite action chelating towards 'bad' fats and sugars, facilitating their elimination through the faeces. The beneficial cholesterol, on the other hand, is absorbed more easily. The small quantities absorbed by the body, on the other hand, stimulate the immune system in a gradual and non-aggressive way, producing numerous phagocytes which have the role of collecting and eliminating many bacteria, viruses and parasites. Once absorbed, therefore, they are transformed into bioactive oligosaccharides and glycosides, valid supports against diseases and pathogens.

The benefits of beta-glucans

According to recent scientific studies mainly carried out in the nutritional field, it has been established that a regular intake of beta-glucans should contribute to:
  • Reduce the amount of cholesterol by more than 10-15%
  • Improve blood sugar
  • Ensure an optimal ratio of LDL to HDL cholesterol
  • Support and keep the immune system high
  • Give a sense of satiety during low-calorie diets
High cholesterol is certainly a high risk factor regarding the possible development of stroke and heart disease. The intake of at least 3 grams of beta-glucans deriving from cereals considerably limits the levels of fat in the arteries and in the plasma in general.

Beta Heart at Herbalife

Precisely in consideration of this, Herbalife has recently launched on the market, after careful tests and analyses, a preparation called Beta Heart, to be taken in the form of a vanilla-flavored drink, and really rich in oat beta-glucan. Each measuring spoonful of preparation contains 1.5 grams of polysaccharides, 3 grams of fiber and only 25 calories. Basically, with 1 scoop a day we can prevent the formation of plaques harmful to circulation, but with 2 scoops we actively fight bad cholesterol, reducing its assimilation. The anti-cholesterol powder can be dissolved in a glass of water, fruit juice, or in addition to the Formula 1 smoothie, for a truly complete meal from many points of view.

Cholesterol in pills

The consistency of cholesterol is similar to wax, it is whitish with a rigid crystalline structure. It is essentially a aliphatic polycyclic alcohol, with formula C27H45OH. The term derives from the Greek words chole (meaning bile) and stereos (solid), coined at the end of the 19th century. On the C3 relative to the A ring of carbon atoms is the hydroxyl group OH. This is why the word ends with 'OLO'. Cholesterol molecules are useful for the body to create the outer layer of cells, to insulate nerve fibers, to produce steroid and sex hormones, bile acids that regulate the absorption and digestion of fats. Its amount in human blood is established following a unit of measurement called millimoles per liter (mmol/L). In normal situations, a grown man should not exceed 5 millimoles for each litre of blood. More can be harmful, for example, high cholesterol values can increase the risk of:
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Angina pectoris
  • Stroke
  • heart attack
  • clots
  • Coronary heart disease

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