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Clinical and Physiological Perspectives of β-Glucans: The Past, Present, and Future

Seafood Research Center, IACF, Silla University, Advanced Seafood Processing Complex #606, Wonyang-ro, Amnam-dong, Seo-gu, Busan 49277, Korea
Major in Food Biotechnology, Division of Bioindustry, College of Medical and Life Sciences, Silla University, 140, Baegyang-daero 700 beon-gil, Sasang-gu, Busan 46958, Korea
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18(9), 1906;
Received: 11 August 2017 / Revised: 31 August 2017 / Accepted: 31 August 2017 / Published: 5 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Glucan: New Perspectives on Biochemistry and Application)
β-Glucans are a group of biologically-active fibers or polysaccharides from natural sources with proven medical significance. β-Glucans are known to have antitumor, anti-inflammatory, anti-obesity, anti-allergic, anti-osteoporotic, and immunomodulating activities. β-Glucans are natural bioactive compounds and can be taken orally, as a food supplement, or as part of a daily diet, and are considered safe to use. The medical significance and efficiency of β-glucans are confirmed in vitro, as well as using animal- and human-based clinical studies. However, systematic study on the clinical and physiological significance of β-glucans is scarce. In this review, we not only discuss the clinical and physiological importance of β-glucans, we also compare their biological activities through the existing in vitro and animal-based in vivo studies. This review provides extensive data on the clinical study of β-glucans. View Full-Text
Keywords: anti-obesity; anti-osteoporosis; antitumor; β-glucans; bioactive polysaccharides; immunomodulation anti-obesity; anti-osteoporosis; antitumor; β-glucans; bioactive polysaccharides; immunomodulation
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Bashir, K.M.I.; Choi, J.-S. Clinical and Physiological Perspectives of β-Glucans: The Past, Present, and Future. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18, 1906.

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