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Beta-Glucan Supplements and Omega-3s

Thursday, 15 October 2009 12:14 PM

Question: Would you recommend beta-glucan supplements over omega-3s, or can they be taken together?

Dr. Blaylock's Answer:

Actually, they have two separate modes of action and are not related. Beta-glucan is an immune stimulant that selectively activates cellular immunity, the arm of the immune system that kills viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

I would not recommend taking beta-glucan every day, since excessive immune stimulation can cause a number of neurodegenerative diseases. It may be a good idea to periodically take beta-glucan, say once a month, to keep your cellular immunity active. I also use it when I am going to fly—usually the day before and for a couple of days afterwards.

This is especially useful for long flights. Omega-3 oils can be taken with the beta-glucan. Omega-3 oils high in EPA can cause significant suppression of cellular immunity, but this is not a problem with DHA-type omega-3 oils.

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