What is Beta Glucan?

Beta glucan is the most studied, natural immune system supplement in the world.

Beta glucan is a natural polysaccharide that is classified as an Immuno-Modulator; meaning, it “modulates” (changes) your Immune System to make it as efficient as possible. This fiber-like molecule works by activating Immune System cells in the body: Macrophages, Neutrophils, Basophils, Natural Killer Cells, etc.

Macrophages, specifically, trigger a host of immune functions that allow the body to produce the most complete, effective and appropriate immune response achievable. The activity of the body's immunocytes (Immune Cells) determines how well your Immune System traps and consumes invaders that do not belong in the body.

When the body is confronted with foreign pathogens it sees as non-self, Beta glucan puts the immune cells on “high alert” to confront the attackers.

Simply put, Beta Glucan is the catalyst that makes our immune systems smarter, increasing the strength of our wellness forces.

Immunologists have known the benefits of beta glucan for over 50 years.

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Welcome to the beta glucan capital of the internet.

For first-time visitors, please note that “Beta Gluten," “Beta Glucon,” Beta Glucane,” etc.; are all just common misspellings/mispronunciations of the word Beta Glucan. Rest assured, you are in the right place: Better Way Health, the #1 Retailer of Beta Glucan in the USA!

Before starting a new supplement, you should know what beta glucan is — how it works, and why it’s necessary.

Beta Glucans are polysaccharides composed solely of glucose. The Beta Glucan product works by activating the immune cells known as Macrophages. These Macrophages trap and consume foreign substances that do not belong in the body. They "trigger" a whole cascade of immune functionality, allowing your body to produce the most complete, effective, and appropriate immune system response achievable.

Think of your immune system as a cavalry of "Generals." These Generals are the brains behind an army of immune system “soldiers”; whose goal is to ward off any bodily invaders. Beta Glucan is the catalyst in making your Immune System Generals "smarter," while increasing the strength of your Immunocyte Army. Arming yourself with a more appropriate defense against life's daily challenges is like giving your Immune System the special training it needs, to be all it can be.


Why doesn't everyone take beta glucan?

Until recently, the cost was a major drawback to the widespread use of beta glucan. Six years ago, AJ Lanigan (Manufacturer of Better Way Health Beta Glucan) perfected a proprietary method to produce the purest Beta-1, 3D Glucan at an affordable rate.

This discovery has made beta glucan affordable for everyone. One can purchase a 60-capsule bottle of our 500mg Beta Glucan on our site for only $99.95; in the past, this would have sold for $60,000 before A.J.'s discovery: now everyone can partake in this once “Millionaire” supplement.


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What's the best way to boost your immune system?

The worlds most effective & scientifically proven immune boosting Super-Supplement is Beta-1, 3D Glucan. In the battle against toxins, you should more than consider this unique and monumental substance for its Innumerable capabilities. After researching this popular product, we have found Better Way Health Beta Glucan to be far superior to all other competitors. As shown below, their Beta Glucan is close to double the potency of its closest rival, making Better Way Health's Beta Glucan the most critical part of anyone's regiment.

The research behind beta glucan?

Beta glucan has been studied at numerous universities and teaching hospitals including:

  • Auburn University
  • Brown University
  • Cornell University
  • Tulane University
  • Defense Research Estbmt., Canada
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Center
  • McGill University
  • University of Massachusetts
  • Harvard University
  • University of Louisville
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Baylor College of Medicine

Over 50 years of research have been performed on Beta Glucan. During that time, over 207,000 studies have been published on PubMed.gov, and over 250 studies on Glucan are currently being conducted on ClinicalTrials.gov

A study done by the University of Louisville, "Beta-1,3-Glucan: Silver Bullet or Hot Air?," cross-compared all the best known immune system supplements for potency and efficacy. These results were published in Open Glycoscience 2010. You should not be surprised that Better Way Health Beta Glucan was found to be the most effective product out of the hundreds that were tested, making it the most powerful natural supplement available for immune system support.

How does our Beta Glucan compare?

A study done by the University of Louisville, "Beta-1,3-Glucan: Silver Bullet or Hot Air?," cross-compared all the best known immune supplements for potency and efficacy. These results were published in Open Glycoscience in 2010. You should not be surprised that Better Way Health Beta Glucan was found to be the most effective immune supplement out of the hundreds that were tested.

This study showed that this product is:

  • 8x more effective than Maitake Gold 404
  • 64x more effective than Glucan Elite (BGF-Immune™)
  • 32x more effective than Immutol
  • 160x more effective than Immnuniton

Our Beta Glucan is more effective than 80+ other competitors.

See for yourself how the other products stack up


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Our Beta Glucan is 8x (times) More Effective than these Supplements:

  • MaitakeGold 404® by Tradeworks Group, Inc.
  • NOW BETA 1,3/1,6 - D - GLUCAN
  • PSK Krestin® by Kureha Corp

Our Beta Glucan is 32x (times) More Effective than these Supplements:

  • Immutol® NBG (Norwegian Beta Glucan) by Biotec
  • ASA
  • RM-10™ by Garden of Life
  • EpiCor by Diamond V
  • Immune Enhancer
  • ImmunoPlex 1
  • ImmunoPlex 2
  • LactoSpore® by Sabinsa Corp (Lacto Sporogenes)
  • Zanthin® XP-3™ - Valensa International
  • Swanson BetaRight®
  • Our Health Co-op (Cell Nutritionals) Beta Glucan 700mg
  • Better Immunity® Beta Glucan

Beta-1, 3D Glucan is More than 160x (times) More Potent than the following:

  • MacroForce™ 7.5 Plus C by Immudyne, Inc.
  • Maximum Beta Glucan™ Beta 1,3/1,6 Glucan by Young Again Nutrients
  • AHCC® ImmPower (Active Hexose Correlated Compound) by American BioSciences
  • Vitamin E by Cognis
  • Immunition™ NSC-100™ by Nutritional Supply Corporation
  • Baker's Yeast by Fleischmann's
  • ASTRAGALUS by SmartBasic
  • Enzymatic Therapy Cell Forté® IP-6 & Inositol
  • Viscofiber by Cevena Bioproducts
  • Advanced Colostrum Plus by Symbiotics
  • AWGE™ Avemar Pulvis
  • Carnivora Capsules and Carnivora Pure Liquid Extract

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Our Product is 16x (times) More Effective than these "Immunity" solutions:

  • SuperPure® Beta 1,3-Glucan Algae Extract by Pure Synergy®
  • Wellmune WGP® (Green Supreme)
  • Aktival® Beta Glukan

These Products are 64x (times) Less Effective than our Beta Glucan:

  • Pro Formulations Glucan Elite (BGF-Immune™)
  • Immune Builder by Mushroom Science (5 Mushroom Formula)
  • Senseiro by Kyowa Engineering and SSI (Agaricus Blazei Murill)
  • NOW Foods Immune Renew™
  • Manapol® Plus MaitakeGold 404® by Carrington Labs
  • Wolfberry Powder and Caps by Rich Nature Nutraceutical Labs
  • Transfer Factor™ by Source Naturals
  • Glucagel™ by GracieLinc Ltd
  • Beta 1,3 Glucans by Solgar®
  • Andrew Lessman Immune Factors
  • Immunity Booster™ by Twinlab®
  • MC-Glucan by MacroCare Tech Ltd., Korea
  • Oat Beta Glucan 1000™ by Dr. David Wheeler
  • Beta Sweet - Southeast Asia
  • Beta 1,3 Glucan by Vitamin World
  • Beta Max by Chisolm Biological Labs
  • BioBran® MGN-3 Immunomodulator
  • Daiwa's PeakImmune4 RBAC (Daiwa Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.)

These choices are less effective than Salt Water (negative control group):

  • BioChoice® Immune 26 by Legacy for Life, Inc.
  • 4Life Transfer Factor Plus® by 4Life Research
  • Qmatrix® ACTIValoe® by AloeCorp, Inc
  • Immunition™ NSC-24™ by Nutritional Supply Corporation
  • Vitamin C by AIDP, Inc.
  • Immudyne® 26 Powder

Documented science

Our Beta Glucan has been published in these fine medical journals

  • Journal of Nutrition Health
  • American Journal of Immunology
  • Oriental Pharmacy and Experimental Medicine
  • The Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association (JANA)
  • Journal of Medicinal Food
  • Biomedical papers of the Medical Faculty of the
  • University Palacký, Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
  • Toxins — Open Access Toxinology Journal
  • Annals of Translational Medicine
  • Journal of Nutrition and Health Sciences
  • International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medical Sciences
  • Open Glycoscience
  • Pathology Discovery (Herbert Open Access Journals)
  • Anticancer Research (International Journal of Cancer Research and Treatment)
  • Journal of Tumor
  • Food Hydrocolloids
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)
  • North American Journal of Medical Sciences (NAJMS)
  • International Clinical Pathology Journal
  • Molecules — Open Access Organic Chemistry Journal
  • Journal of Nature and Science

Why Our Beta Glucan?

We are the sole owner of the purest Beta Glucan in the world!

The annual global production supply of Beta Glucan is divided into different purity class names, with about 10% of this supply being labeled the most effective—most pure—portion. This "purest cut" is bottled and sold as Better Way Health Beta Glucan. Literally, our quality cannot be purchased anywhere else. If your bottle does not have the Better Way Health Beta Glucan Logo, then you are getting the inferior leftovers (the "Other 90%"). So if you’re looking to buy the purest and best Beta Glucan on Earth, we have it ready for you at the best price you will ever see Better Way Health Beta Glucan.

Every batch of Better Way Health Beta Glucan is tested twice to ensure complete purity and potency is retained: once when it's first made, then again when it is ready for encapsulation.

Better Way Health Beta Glucan’s products are manufactured in ISO 9000 facilities and they strictly adhere to ISPE’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). The final product is evaluated by independent third-party agencies, with each lot receiving a Certificate of Analysis. Only the top 10% of the material produced meets the stringent purification standards (minimum 83% purity) and becomes Better Way Health Beta Glucan. The end result is our customers receiving a proven Pure and Biologically Active Beta Glucan. The World’s #1 Immune System Product.

Safe and Effective - Baker’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) has been given the FDA’s GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) rating, one of the highest safety ratings a substance can achieve. This highly coveted classNameification ensures there are no known side effects or adverse reactions associated with taking this product.

Better Way Health Beta Glucan is cited in the Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association as being, "The Most Effective Dietary Supplement for a Healthy Immune System".

A Purity Protected by Over 200 Patents

When you have the Best Beta Glucan on the market, you have the patents to show for it. Below is a sample of the hundreds of patents protecting our production process and clinical glucan applications:

  • USPTO.gov Patent Number: 6,242,594 | [link]
    Title: Process for glucan preparation and therapeutic uses of glucan
  • USPTO.gov Patent Number: 7.622,575 | [link]
    Title: Therapeutic uses of glucan
  • USPTO.gov Patent Number: 7,550,584 | [link]
    Title: Methods of purifying beta glucans
  • USPTO.gov Patent Number: 8,865,679 | [link]
    Title: Use of beta-glucans against biological warfare weapons and pathogens including anthrax
  • USPTO.gov Patent Number: 8,859,759 | [link]
    Title: Particulate-soluble glucan preparation
  • USPTO.gov Patent Number: 8,563,531 | [link]
    Title: Particulate-soluble glucan preparation
  • USPTO.gov Patent Number: 8,946,193 | [link]
    Title: Medical uses of glucans

Beta glucan FAQ

Our Beta Glucan goes through a rigorous purification process developed by the creator: AJ Lanigan. Once this purification process takes place, only about 10% of a given “batch” meets our 85% minimum purity standard. The “scraps”, so to speak (the other 90% of the batches), are then sold off and marketed by other companies. In addition, the product has been tested time and time again to prove its efficacy. When compared to other heavily marketed immune system products, our product comes out on top every single time. These comparison studies are conducted by a disinterested third party researcher at the University of Louisville: Dr. Vaclav Vetvicka. In these studies, immune response levels are safely tested on both humans and animals. Our product is also Non-GMO and encased in a Vegan, plant-based capsule.

-Better Way Health

Better Way Health Beta Glucan is certainly one of the most renowned brands out there in the marketplace. In our world of immune system support, when you ask “What’s the best immune system supplement out there?”; well, the Better Way Health name is the most recognized.

Anyone who has spent time reviewing side-by-side comparisons of our product with, again, just about any other kind of immune compound; regardless of the source, you’re going to find that Beta Glucan 500 by Better Way Health outperforms all competitors. This has been the case for years; this is not a new phenomenon that conclusive research done by disinterested third parties in major universities and teaching hospitals all over the world agree that the potency of Glucan 500 makes it 100% the leading immune system product available.

-AJ Lanigan

The immunomodulating aspects of Beta Glucan is what makes it safer and more efficacious than the competition. Studies confirm our Beta Glucan is the most effective immune system product on the market, including even other beta glucans. The patented purification process developed by AJ Lanigan is what makes our Beta Glucan more biologically active and beneficial to consumers.

-Better Way Health

This is rather easy to answer. Our Beta Glucan has one really big advantage in that it is the most studied natural immonomodulator of them all. The biological studies number in the tens of thousands. For most other products, you may find 10 to 15 studies. If you have 10,000+ papers from all around the world, that cannot be ignored.

-Dr. Vaclav Vetvicka

We did a couple of studies and we published them comparing some individual glucans to individual immune-modulators like Echinacea. That is one example, most of the clinical studies on that plant failed because one company is using leaves, one is using roots and each has a different quality inside so you never know what you get.

With the "mixture" type products, it is even worse because some manufacturers are just trying to either increase the price by putting five things together, so it’s not 30 bucks it’s now $50. None of these manufacturers are actually doing any research on the combinations of their ingredients.

-Dr. Vaclav Vetvicka

This topic is like comparing Super Bowl Champions (Better Way Health Beta Glucan) to Recreational Sports Teams (the competition). There is practically no comparison; when you look at the average Immune System Product on the market, even an abundance of it may only be able to raise your Immune Response 2 to 3 percent. That increase, however, may be costing you thousands of dollars; thus, I would not consider that to be much of a comparison. For about 1$ a day, with our Glucan 500 product, you can get your immune response up to about 60% (double the innate human immunity): no one can compete with that efficacy.

-AJ Lanigan

Beta Glucan has been studied for over 50 years at major universities and teaching hospitals, all of which are disinterested third party researchers. There are more than 150,000 glucan studies on PubMed.gov and nearly 50,000 studies involving glucans and humans. Our Beta Glucan specifically has been featured in over 20 medical journals, including the prestigious American Journal of Immunology and the Journal of Medicinal Food.

-Better Way Health

There are more than 150,000 studies on Glucan that you can find on Medline and PubMed. Roughly, you can also find 50,000 studies on Glucans and their interaction with Humans. Throughout these studies, there has never been an adverse side effect found with our Beta Glucan.

-AJ Lanigan

Other than the thousands of studies out there, there is an excellent book by Dr. Vaclav Vetvicka from the University of Louisville entitled, Beta Glucan: Nature’s Secret. It’s about 157 pages and provides a quick, educational read for those interested in everything Beta Glucan: the history, safety, benefits, and mechanism of action of Beta Glucan. The bibliography included in the book provides dozens of other peer-reviewed articles and journals for curious consumers.

-AJ Lanigan

If somebody goes to PubMed.Gov or some kind of scientific database, there is about 150,000 hits now and about 50 new papers appear every week. The research is really booming.

-Dr. Vaclav Vetvicka

Anyone / anything with an immune system can benefit from taking Beta Glucan, including both humans and pets. Our immune system is our first line of defense and it can always use additional “soldiers.” Keep in mind that our Beta Glucan makes a person’s immune system smarter and stronger, but never causes overstimulation or harm. There are no known side effects.

-Better Way Health

“Anyone who is living can benefit from a healthier Immune System” – A.J. Lanigan

People who want proper support for their Immune System should use this product. People who simply want to maintain or regain their good health can benefit from this product as well.

Many conditions, whether environmental or physical, put significant stress on the Immune System.

Infectious Disease, Cardiovascular Disease, Chemotherapy Treatment, Radiation, Allergies, Asthma, and Stress are all severely taxing on the body. This type of suppression and depression of the immune system is what puts everyone’s health person at risk. Be proactive; take a product that benefits your overall health by enhancing your body’s own natural ability to stay well and recuperate.

That’s right, anyone and everyone can benefit from the immune modulating effects of Beta-1, 3D Glucan. 

-AJ Lanigan

For people who are under heavy stress or are just working in some kind of extreme conditions, they need all the help they can get. Proactive supplementation is also recommended for Flu and Cold seasons

-Dr. Vaclav Vetvicka

For maximum immune response, take one 500mg capsule per 50 lbs. of body weight. For example, if you weigh around 150 lbs. you would need to take 3 capsules per day. All capsules should be taken first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. After taking your capsules, wait 30 minutes before eating or consuming other products. If you forget to take your capsules in the morning it is safe to go ahead and take your Beta Glucan during the day, although the benefits will not be as significant. Remember, these dosage instructions are for maximum immune response, any dose (i.e., 1 capsule per day) is still extremely beneficial.

-Better Way Health

Maximum dose is based on body weight: Remember, your weight in kg’s is your weight in pounds divided by 2.2. For example, a 220lb person is 100kg. The guideline for maintaining good health is 2mg/kg of body weight per day. For the 220 pound person mentioned above, who is 100kg, they should take 200mg per day and that would be extraordinarily effective Immune Support.

For people who want or need additional immune support, there is a 500mg capsule. The recommendation for this group is 20 mg/kg/day or a 500mg capsule for every 50 pounds of body weight. Thus, a 100kg person (220lb) would take 4 capsules of the 500mg per day; for a 110 pound person, two capsules of the 500mg Beta Glucan would suffice. If your weight does not calculate out to an exact dose, round up or down depending on your needs; or you can average it out by taking 1 capsule one day and 2 the next.

The point is, the product is safe and you can be flexible with dosage if you reflect the guidelines above. Even taking just 1 - 500mg capsule each day is an extremely beneficial dose.

Neutrophils and monocytes in our blood live only for a couple of days. That is why you have a need for constant, daily, glucan consumption because they die and the new cells are appearing and then you need the glucan again to boost these immune cells.

-Dr. Vaclav Vetvicka

No, there are no known side effects pertaining to our Beta Glucan. There have been numerous safe human and animal studies showing the safety of Beta Glucan. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given our Beta Glucan GRAS rating, which means Generally Recognized as Safe under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. This certification is extremely hard to achieve especially when it comes to a dietary supplement.

-Better Way Health

You can absolutely take this product without worry! There have been multiple studies done on fully-healthy people looking at every health parameter you can imagine: organs, tissues, chemicals, brain function, etcetera.

No harmful effects were caused at any dosage level. Even people who were taking doses that were exponentially higher than any level we recommend, (some of the more exotic animal studies have doses that exceed 800X the recommended dosage) displayed 0 side effects whatsoever. As I am famous for saying, “unless you hit somebody in the eye with the bottle, there is no harm that can be caused by this product”

-AJ Lanigan

Beta Glucan enhances a person’s immune response in a safe way. The average person has about a 30% active immune response. When someone takes our Beta Glucan it raises that person’s immune response to 60%, and in some cases even more, if they are taking the maximum immune response dosage. This allows for your immune system to recognize cells that are both self and non-self more effectively. I’m sure you can imagine the benefits of walking around with a doubled immune response/immune system!

-Better Way Health

Beta Glucan enhances the immune system by improving the immune response when the immune system is confronted by something that does not belong. This could be a foreign body that it sees as “non-self,” something like a virus, a bacteria, a fungus form,  or a parasite.

Our Beta-1, 3D Glucan is an intensely purified, highly active form of Beta Glucan; that, when taken orally with a glass of water, attaches to specific sites on the immune cells: the CR3 receptors. By attaching or binding to these specific sites, it activates these cells. It’s like putting the cells on “high alert” to the foreign bodies that they see as non-self. This process is referred to as immune modulation, not stimulation.

Immune stimulation presumably occurs with substances like Echinacea and Colostrum. Beta Glucan modulates or activates but doesn’t over stimulate, which is key to the safety of the compound. Research shows that our Beta-1, 3D Glucan is a highly effective immune modulator. It’s easily absorbed through, what we call, the Peyer’s Patches in the Small Intestine. Once these beta glucan “micro-particles” are taken up through this area in the small intestine, they will then be absorbed through phagocytosis or “gobbled up” by the immune cells in the gut.

They’ll travel around the body and it is the immune cells themselves that will digest and secrete the perfect molecule that binds to the CR 3 receptor and activates the immune system.

-AJ Lanigan

Beta Glucan is not temperature sensitive. If it is exposed to extreme hot or cold temperatures, the efficacy of the product will not be impacted. However, we do recommend keeping a close eye on your tracking information, which is sent to you via email with all orders. This way you know when your order will arrive and when you will be able to retrieve it from your mailbox or front door.

Our Beta Glucan is made in Wisconsin, USA and bottled / encapsulated in Oregon, USA.

Our highly purified Beta Glucan powder is encased in PLANTCAPS™, which is a Plant-based capsule made from pullulan – naturally fermented from tapioca.

After 50 years of research, our Beta Glucan has no known side effects, or interactions with a GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) rating by the FDA. It is one of the safest, most effective dietary supplements on the market.

Many women take our Beta Glucan while breastfeeding, to help support their immune system. Babies can also benefit from mom's immune system giving the best response possible.

However, if you have any concerns whatsoever, we recommend consulting with your health care professional before use, as a precautionary measure.

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