Beta-Glucans are found in several plants with a history of medicinal use such as aloe vera and Echinacea, and fungi such as Maitake and Shiitake mushrooms. These glucans have a different structure to those in yeast, and are not as effective in occupying the critical CR3 receptor. The natural browning spots on fruits are actually the normal life process and consist of yeast. Check to make sure that your beta glucans contain both 1-3 and 1-6 as found in yeast. Many products on the market have one or the other, or they are not in significant amounts. The products we use contain both 1-3 and 1-6 and a daily maintenance dose for optimal immune health. A complete vitamin/mineral/co-factor product containing this important nutrient is offered.
Polyphenols are a large family of compounds that occur in many plants and plant foods. From the plant's perspective, they are primarily defense compounds used to ward off infections, preditors and UV stress. When we consume them, they become a part of our defense system. In our western diets we typically do not consume enough fruits and vegetables. Nutritionists now recommend 7-13 servings per day. Polyphenols work with the fish oil to provide a synergistic effect in the absorption of the nutrient, as well as stabilizing the fish oil.
Paul Clayton worked with leading doctors and clinical scientists at centers for clinical expertise in the UK and abroad, he has also trained pharmacists in Britain's largest chemist chain in preventative nutrition. He currently consults with several well-known international companies. Dr. Clayton designs clinical trials for nutritional therapies at leading teaching hospitals and lectures widely on nutrition and health. He has studied polyphenols, beta-glucans, and omega 3s extensively, and has compiled information on his web site and in five books he has authored.