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The History of Beta 1,3-D Glucan

In the 1940’s, research by Dr. Louis Pillemer yielded a substance (Zymosan) that had immune activating properties from the cell walls of yeast. Although this material was able to stimulate a non-specific immune response, it was unknown which element of this relatively crude substance was causing the immune response.

Dr. Nicholas DiLuzio, Tulane University, isolated Beta-1, 3-D glucan as the active component causing the immune response. Joyce Czop, PhD. at Harvard University discovered the receptor sites on the macrophage for the Beta 1,3-D glucan molecule.

Over the past 50 years many researchers and institutions have contributed to the identification, isolation, purification and qualification of various compositions of Beta 1,3-D glucan. Many applications and uses have been identified for these compounds resulting in hundreds of U.S. and overseas patents as well as products composed of entirely, or in part, Beta 1,3-glucan. Our Beta 1,3-D glucan is one of these patented products.

Additional information on the history of Beta 1,3-D glucan as well as scientific research is can be reviewed at www.beta13dglucan.org