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Oat Beta-Glucan: What Is It and How Can It Benefit You?

Oat Beta-Glucan

Health Benefits of Oat Beta-Glucan
Oat Beta-Glucan, one of the ingredients in Kibow Fortis®, is known for its cholesterol-lowering properties. Beta-Glucan is a soluble fiber often found in oats, wheat, bran, whole-grain and barley. It also helps stabilize and maintain blood sugar levels, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. Soluble fibers help slow the process of food digestion. When digestion is slowed down, it also slows the absorption of sugar in the body.1 Some studies have shown that consuming at least 3g per day of Beta-Glucan has helped reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) by 5-7%.2

How does Oat Beta-Glucan work?
Soluble fibers, like oat Beta-Glucan, absorb water in the stomach and then turn into a gel-like material. When this happens, it helps slow the digestion of food. As mentioned earlier, slower digestion leads to slower absorption of sugar in the body. Soluble fibers are metabolized into Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFAs) in the colon. Some of the health benefits of SCFAs include a decrease in inflammation, a decrease in the growth of bad bacteria and appetite control. To learn more about dietary fiber, click here.

Always consult with your healthcare provider to see if consuming oat Beta-Glucan is safe for you.

Citations:
1: Goldman, R. (2016, July 28). Beta Glucan: The Heart-Healthy Fiber. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/beta-glucan-heart-healthy

2: Othman, R. A., Moghadasian, M. H., & Jones, P. J. (2011, June). Cholesterol-lowering effects of oat β-glucan. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21631511