What is Barley Beta-Glucan?
Our team is committed to our belief that natural foods and supplements are the key to healthy living and eating. This is why we are so excited about Cerabeta, which is made from 100% natural barley fiber containing beta-glucan. This fiber appears as a fine, neutral-tasting powder that can be easily dissolved into any beverage, or recipe.
In our previous blog, we talked about how beta-glucan, the main component in Cerabeta, is not always the same. It comes from different places and has different health benefits, depending on its original source.
Today, we will focus specifically on barley beta-glucan (or cereal beta-glucan), along with how it works to lower your cholesterol naturally.
Barley Beta-glucan: What is it?
Barley beta-glucan is the name given to the soluble fiber that is found in the cell walls of barley grains. This beta glucan fiber is associated with a variety of health benefits, most notably in relation to heart health and its ability to naturally lower an individual’s cholesterol.
Furthermore, beta-glucans also help in the digestion process, along with helping to maintain blood sugar levels. This is all in addition to barley beta-glucan being clinically proven to lower LDL and total cholesterol levels when consumed regularly. To further affirm this, beta-glucan has been approved by Health Canada, the FDA, and the EFSA.
According to studies, the fermentability of beta-glucans and their ability to form viscous (or thicker) solutions in the human gut may be the main basis of their health benefits. This coincides with the scientific research demonstrating that barley beta-glucan increases the viscosity of the intestine and binds onto bile acids, reducing the amount absorbed by the liver.
Historically, beta-glucan fiber has been challenging and expensive to extract from the barley grains. In partnership with the University of Alberta, a new high-tech process of separating the fiber from the barley grains has been developed. The best part about this is it is environmentally friendly and does not require the use of chemicals or solvents.
For even more information on beta-glucan, you can view our dedicated webpage here.
How does Barley Beta-glucan Work to Lower Cholesterol?
As mentioned above, barley beta-glucan increases the viscosity of the intestine which allows it to “grab” certain acids. We will use our product, Cerabeta, as an example since it contains natural barley beta-glucan.
When you consume Cerabeta by incorporating it into your beverages/recipes, the beta-glucan soluble fiber forms a gel in the small intestine that surrounds the bile acids.
Once these bile acids are surrounded by the beta-glucan soluble fiber, they leave through the digestive tract instead of being absorbed by the small intestine and recycled into the liver.
Finally, the liver takes the cholesterol out of the blood as a replacement for the lost bile acids. This results in the reduction of total blood cholesterol levels.
This diagram (also available to view on our website here), demonstrates how the barley beta-glucan in Cerabeta works to remove bile acids from your body and lowering your cholesterol levels. While it may sound quite scientific, the process is remarkably simple and easy to understand!
What Makes Barley Beta-glucan so much better than other Cholesterol-Lowering Remedies?
Barely Beta-Glucan has a single ingredient: barley, which is easily recognizable and digested by your body. This makes it the most natural cholesterol-lowering option on the market today. Unlike other alternatives such as statins, niacin, and plant sterols, consuming beta-glucan fiber will not result in negative side effects. The simplistic nature of barely beta-glucan ensures you can accomplish your heath goals without compromising other aspects of your body’s natural balance.
If you would like to read more about beta-glucans, or view trusted scientific research, you can visit our last blog post, or navigate to one of the links at the bottom of this post. Feel free to leave your comments or questions about barley beta-glucan!