Immune-boosting glucans

  • Roslynn Van Schoor
Keywords: Immune-boosting glucans, maintaining health, preventing illness


A good immune system is essential for maintaining health and preventing illness caused by pathogens (viruses, bacteria, and fungi).1 When the immune system is compromised, we are more likely to get sick. A healthy lifestyle is the first step towards maintaining immunity. Medicines that help to regulate the immune system are called immunomodulators. Some vitamins and minerals (e.g. vitamin C and zinc) are essential for good immune function. Some herbal extracts (e.g. Echinacea and mistletoe) have also been shown to boost the immune system.2 Another well-researched group of natural immune supporters is the beta-glucans (β-glucans). These carbohydrate-based substances have been shown to help maintain the immune system in both adults and children.3