Beta Glucans (Fermented)

Fermented Beta Glucans (EpiCor®) Immunity / IGA (Dr Mercola)
60 Capsules

Fermented Beta Glucans can help build your immune defenses, respiratory and sinus health. Contains 1,3 beta-D-glucan from Euglena algae bio-available to your immune system and interacts with key immune cells. EpiCor® yeast fermentate contains additional beta glucans and mannans from yeast cell wall is clinically shown to support  immuninity on 4 different levels.

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A strong and healthy immune system is like wearing armor. It helps protect your body on two levels through your first and second lines of defense. Your first line of defense against outside invaders includes Natural Killer (NK) and phagocyte white blood cells. Your white blood cells’ initial response to invaders activates your second line of defence. This targeted system includes T and B lymphocytes and T Helper (TH) cells that can recognise and destroy infected cells. With age, your immune system doesn’t respond to challenges like it did when you were younger. Changes that harm immune function include: Reduced production of T&B cells due to shrinkage of your thymus. Decreased function of mature white blood cells or lymphocytes, inflammed tissue environment from ageing T&B cells.

You want a healthy, balanced response from your immune system – one that responds to stressors but doesn’t overrespond. If your immune system becomes out of balance and overactive, it can recognise your own healthy cells as foreign cells and initiate an attack, resulting in an autoimmunity or inflammatory condition. Fermented Beta Glucans can help you balance and support your immune system.* Plus, it can help you build your immune defenses to enjoy improved year-round immune, respiratory and sinus health with its two extraordinary ingredients. Beta glucans are glucose polymers found in algae, bacteria, fungi (mushrooms) and plants like oats and barley. In bacteria and yeasts, beta glucans are part of the structural backbone of the cell wall.

Fermented Beta Glucans

  • 1,3 beta-D-glucan from Euglena algae that is easily recognized by your immune system and directly interacts with key immune cells.
  • EpiCor® yeast fermentate (beta glucans and mannans from the yeast cell wall, clinically shown to support your immune function on four different levels.
  • IgA (Immunoglobulin A) antibodies protects against environmental challenges.
  • NK cell activity in as little as two hours to support your immune system.
  • Helps protect cells and tissues from free radical and oxidative damage.
  • Support beneficial bacteria levels in your gut, especially Anaerostipes, a genus containing butyrate-producing bacteria to support your immune system’s first line of defence.

Beta Glucans

Beta glucans aren’t all the same. Beta-glucans from oats serve a different purpose in your body than beta glucans in yeast. Euglena algae has a membrane or pellicle, instead of a cell wall, that easily breaks to release free floating beta glucan held in the paramylon granules.  Depending on their source, they have different primary health benefits based on size, structure and solubility. Beta glucans are assigned numbers that correspond to the linkages between glucose molecules. When it comes to immune health, one type of beta-glucan stands apart: 1,3 Beta-D-glucan from Euglena algae. It serves a storage function in your cells and acts as an immune modulator. One thing that makes the beta glucans from Euglena algae so unique is the algae’s structure. Instead of a cell wall so common in plants, Euglena has a protein-rich membrane or pellicle that is easily broken to release the beta glucan inside. Euglena algae has paramylon granules throughout. This is where it stores energy in the form of free-floating beta-glucan. Because of this unique storage arrangement, the beta glucans from Euglena are of higher purity and need minimal processing, unlike those from plants that require enzymatic digestion to achieve purification.

Euglena’s Secret Immune Health Benefits... In Dr Mercola's opinion, there’s simply no better source of beta glucans than Euglena whole cell algae for supporting your immune health. This strain – Euglena gracilis – is what’s known as a protist. That means it shares characteristics with both animals and plants. It’s classified by the way it moves and how it lives, and that’s what makes it so valuable for your immune health. A freshwater microalgae, Euglena has a high nutritional value made up of protein, vitamins, fatty acids and antioxidants like carotenoids. However, the magic is how Euglena works with your immune system.

Power of a very unique Algae... Whole cell Euglena algae enters your stomach and is exposed to stomach acids and enzymes. Non-beta glucan components, such as protein, dissolve which frees the paramylon granules (with the beta glucans) from the rest of the algae. The paramylon granules remain undigested in your stomach and move into your small intestine where your immune cells are located. Your immune cells recognise the granules with the 1,3 beta glucans through their surface cell receptors. The granules with the 1,3 beta glucans are absorbed through Peyer’s patches in your small intestine, which are a part of your gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT). This is where the beta glucans come into contact with immune cells such as macrophages. Our immune cells engulf the 1,3 beta glucans. The immune system’s phagocytes transport them throughout your body, releasing fragments of 1,3 beta glucans. The recognition and ingestion of beta-glucans trigger the release of signaling molecules. Small proteins called cytokines and chemokines lead to an increase in signaling molecules and allow immune cells to communicate with each other. Signaling molecules activate other immune cells. Activated immune cells target and destroy foreign cells.


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Euglena’s 1,3 beta glucan is one of those patterns and is easily recognized by your immune system. The 1,3 beta glucan directly interacts with key immune cells to support a heathy immune system.* Let’s take a look at the other ingredient in my Fermented Beta Glucans. It also provides beta glucans and more. EpiCor® first developed their proprietary yeast fermentate 60 years ago to help ease the weaning stress that pigs often encounter on farms and to help chickens and cows endure everyday stress. Sure enough, farmers reported that their animals were no longer getting so sick, but something else happened that was totally unexpected…

In 2004, insurance adjusters discovered that the employees working at the yeast fermentate manufacturing facility had far lower sick rates than other workplaces. Could it be the workers’ immune systems were benefiting from the handling of the yeast fermentate? That startling discovery marked the start of studies to examine the effects of EpiCor’s® yeast fermentate on human health. The Defences of EpiCor® Yeast Fermentate... EpiCor® yeast fermentate contains additional beta glucans and mannans from the yeast cell wall and has been clinically shown to support your immune function on four different levels for your overall health and wellness.

EpiCor® yeast fermentate

Increased IgA (Immunoglobulin A) Antibodies... When pathogens invade your skin, eyes, mouth and mucous membranes, an antibody called Immunoglobulin A, or IgA, helps contain them before they can cause harm. This is the primary antibody found in your tears, saliva, mucus and in mother’s milk. EpiCor® yeast fermentate has been shown to help increase IgA in your saliva.* Higher levels of these important antibodies help your body protect itself from environmental challenges year round.

Increased Natural Killer (NK) Cell Activity... As we saw earlier, Natural Killer, or NK, cells are white blood cells that quickly seek and destroy “bad” cells at the first sign of infection. Because they’re able to identify “bad” cells, they can respond quickly to help keep you healthy. EpiCor® yeast fermentate helps increase Natural Killer (NK) cell activity in as little as two hours.* By increasing NK cell activity, EpiCor® works rapidly to strengthen your immune system to help with daily challenges.

Increased Antioxidant Activity... Your body depends on antioxidants to help protect cells and tissues from free radical and oxidative damage. Antioxidant activity is a significant part of your immune response. EpiCor® yeast fermentate has been shown to help increase antioxidant activity in as little as two hours.* By increasing antioxidant power, it helps protect your cells and tissues.

Multiple Benefits

Microbiome Booster... Your immune health depends on a healthy gut for its optimal function, and the greater the proportion of beneficial bacteria, the more optimal support for your immune health. EpiCor® strengthens this fourth level of defense by boosting beneficial bacteria levels in your gut.* Specifically for your immune health, it helps increase Anaerostipes, a genus containing butyrate-producing bacteria. Butyrate has been shown to support your innate immune system. However, that’s not the only way EpiCor® benefits your gut and immune health...

Prebiotic Benefits / NO undesirable effects... Within your gut, you have special tissue that’s associated with immune function. The GALT, or Gut-Associated Lymphoid Tissue, makes up about 70 percent of your immune system. As we just saw, EpiCor® yeast fermentate supports your immune health by boosting certain types of beneficial bacteria in your gut. It also promotes the growth of other beneficial bacteria that may help improve your regularity and support your overall gut health.*

EpiCor® affects immune and digestive function

  • Acts as a prebiotic, or a food that nourishes beneficial gut bacteria, helping them grow and multiply to support gut health.
  • Significantly increases levels of butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) that has been shown to nourish your gut mucosa and support for gut immune health.
  • Significantly increases the levels of beneficial bacteria (bifidobacteria and lactobacilli) over the control.
  • Contains mannan-oligosaccharides (MOS) and beta glucans that have been shown to have a beneficial effect for gut immune health.
  • Discourages the growth of non-beneficial bacteria and organisms.
  • Helps support a healthy normal inflammatory response in your gut.

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EpiCor’s® Research

Published research shows that EpiCor® helps to significantly improve healthy gut function by reducing bloating, feelings of fullness and overall digestive discomfort in subjects with occasional constipation. One study looked at the gut health effects of EpiCor® yeast fermentate in a healthy population with symptoms of gastrointestinal (GI) discomfort and reduced bowel movements. This study confirmed previous published in vitro and animal studies demonstrating EpiCor’s® gastrointestinal and prebiotic benefits with only a 500-mg dose.

  • In two randomised double-blinded, placebo controlled human clinical trials, 500 mg of EpiCor® per day reduced the incidence and duration of seasonal respiratory symptoms
  • To demonstrate balance, the same product was shown in a subsequent randomized double-blinded placebo controlled trial to also reduce certain symptoms associated with seasonal allergies.
  • In a recent study, a single 500-mg dose led to rapid changes in levels of compounds called cytokines associated with immune function.

Sometimes when people hear the word “yeast,” they wonder how any type of yeast could possibly promote health, especially gut health. Well understand that the fermentation process used to make EpiCor® yeast fermentate removes any of the potentially negative effects of yeast. EpiCor® does not contain any active yeast and in fact supports immune action against yeast. EpiCor® is a whole-food fermentation product made from baker’s yeast (S. cerevisiae) – that safe, natural microorganism that’s been used for many years to make breads, wine and beer. First, a highly controlled, oxygen-rich environment is used to help the microorganism multiply. Then the process switches over to an anaerobic environment to deprive the cells of oxygen. In response, the cells produce immune supporting compounds and metabolites such as proteins, peptides, antioxidants, polyphenols, organic acids and nucleotides. This unique, natural fermentation complex also contains the beneficial yeast cell compounds such as 1,3-1,6 beta glucans and mannans. A gentle drum-drying process captures the nutrients created during fermentation. The dehydrated fermentate no longer contains any active yeast thanks to the fermentation process. Instead, the finished whole-food yeast fermentate helps strengthen your immune system to help you fight any issues with yeast.

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  • Yeast Fermentate (From Saccharomyces Cerevisiae) - 500mg per 2 capsules.
  • Fermented Euglena (Euglena Gracilis) Algae Beta Glucans (as 1, 3- glucan) 200mg per 2 capsules.

Other ingredients: Organic Rice Hulls, Hydroxypropyl Methycellulose - Capsule.

  • Take 1-2 capsules daily without food.
  • Ideally take one 30 minutes before breakfast and one before lunch.
  • If that’s not convenient, take 2 in the morning on an empty stomach or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.
  • Brand: Dr Mercola.
  • Size: 60 Capsules (per bottle).
  • Container: Glass Bottle.
  • Storage: Keep in a cool dry place, keep out of reach of children.
  • Estimated shelf life from purchase: 1 - 2 years.

Q: Is Fermented Beta Glucans safe for long-term use? 
A: Yes, you can use these ingredients on an ongoing daily basis. In fact, I recommend this for long-term use to support your year-round immune health.

Q: What’s the best way to take Fermented Beta Glucans? With or without food?
A: Ancient Purity recommend taking 2 capsules daily without food. Ideally take one 30 minutes before breakfast and one before lunch. If that’s not convenient, you can take two in the morning on an empty stomach.

Q - Can I take Vitamin C with Fermented Beta Glucans?
A: Vitamin C is a great traditional immune support product, and makes an ideal complementary product to Fermented Beta Glucans, especially for seasonal support. Vitamin C is considered the “grandfather” of antioxidants, but it also acts as an essential nutrient in your body to support many functions, including collagen synthesis, heart and vascular health, as well as immune system function.
While one of Fermented Beta Glucans’ primary modes of action includes antioxidant support, you receive other valuable benefits from this product, such as a microbiome booster, and increased IgA antibodies and NK cell activity.


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