Boosting immunity has been one of the main interests among those who are concerned about health and well-being. β-glucan is rising as the “it” ingredient for a strong immune system in the supplements market, because it enhances your immunity to prevent common cold and even to fight against cancers. β-glucan is also an emerging super ingredient in the skincare market because it promotes skin immunity among many other benefits.
There Are Different Sources of β-Glucan
β-glucan can be derived from oats, yeasts and cereals. Depending upon the source, one can get different effects, which we will enumerate below. You will easily understand why mushroom-derived β-glucan is the best choice for your skin health, once you learn about different origins of β-glucan.
Different Sources Produce Different β-Glucan Structures (branching pattern)
Chemically, β-glucan is a sugar molecule (carbohydrate) which is a major structure making up the cell walls of yeast, fungi and some bacteria. β-glucan typically is linked together to form a linear chain with different branches. This is where the important differences are. Different types of β-glucan share the same core linear β-1,3 structure, but differ in their branching patterns:
- Bacterial β-glucan mostly lacks branches
- Fungal β-glucan has short β-1,6 branches
- Yeast β-glucan is similar to fungal, but has long β-1,6 branches
- Cereal β-glucan however is very different with β-1,4 branches
(Fig. Volman et al., 2008; Dietary modulation of immune function by β-glucans. Physiol Behav 94)
Immune Stimulating Effects – Branching Pattern Dictates Immune Effects
Variations in the branch structures can have different immune-stimulating properties.
- First, the length of the side-chains may impact the strength of immune stimulating effects on skin.
- 1,4 glucans, which are derived from cereal, are scientifically proven to have limited activity, while mushroom beta glucan activates powerful immune system responses.
- fungi β-glucans increase immune cells to have strong skin immunity.
For these reasons, JKosmmune uses the mushroom β-glucan that has β-1,3 configuration D-glucose with short β-1,6 branch structure in order to offer highest immune-stimulating activity to one’s skin.
Mushroom-Sourced β-glucans has strong Anti-Wrinkle Effect
Mushroom based β-glucans also have stronger anti-wrinkle effects than other β-glucans. Collagen synthesis is essential to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and mushroom β-glucan is the best option to synthesize collagen in higher quantities. JKosmmune uses β-glucan derived from schizophyllum (mushroom), which boosts up to 32% of collagen levels, while yeast β-glucan only has a 10% increase.
Purity Can Affect the Effectiveness of β-glucan
Another noteworthy effect on bioactivity is purity levels. Oat and yeast-derived β-glucans need dozens of processing steps that will involve a large quantity of enzymes and chemicals. This leads to the introduction of harmful impurities that can result in negative effects. However, mushroom β-glucan requires very few steps with high purity levels. Among mushroom β-glucans, JKosmmune β-glucan reigns as the top tier. JKosmmune β-glucan can be developed by bioreactor with advanced technology so that it doesn’t have any harmful impurities. JKosmmune is therefore able to boast purity levels above 99.99%.
For thousands of years, eastern countries have been utilizing the healing and immune-stimulating properties of mushrooms. We now know this is because of β-glucan. JKosmmune’s fungal β-glucan offers firming, brightening and soothing effects by inducing a strong immunity response in your skin. While all β-glucan is excellent in itself; only JKosmmune β-glucan has the highest purity levels and remains the best option for skin care.