Biomedical issues of dietary fiber β-glucan

Young Kim Soo, Ji Song Hong, Young Lee Yoon, Kyung Hwan Cho, Kyun Roh Yong

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β-glucan is a polysaccharide in the form of fiber and the main element of fiber in grains such as barley, oats, yeast and mushrooms. Many studies have examined the efficacy of β-glucan in terms of the lipid lowering effects, blood sugar reduction, weight reduction, immune modulator, and anticarcinogenic effect. However, there is no comprehensive review article on the biomedical issues regarding β-glucan. The authors searched for systematic reviews and clinical experiments for each relevant topic and reviewed the biomedical effects of β-glucan, for the purpose of developing research strategies for the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)781-789
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Korean medical science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Anticarcinogenic agents
  • Cholesterol
  • Glucose
  • Weight loss
  • Weight reductions
  • beta-glucans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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