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β-Glucans and Probiotics

Mattia Pia Arena1, Giuseppe Spano1 and Daniela Fiocco1
  • 1 University of Foggia, Italy

Abstract

In the recent decades, several health-promoting features have been ascribed to β-glucans. Biological properties such as anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating activity have been claimed for these polysaccharides. Moreover, when β-glucans were used in association with probiotic bacteria, prebiotic effects have been demonstrated, due to their ability to enhance growth, metabolism and/or beneficial activities of probiotics. This review shall present an overview of those studies, which have documented the diverse health-benefits of β-glucans and their association with probiotics.

American Journal of Immunology
Volume 13 No. 1, 2017, 34-44

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/ajisp.2017.34.44

Submitted On: 15 November 2016 Published On: 12 April 2017

How to Cite: Arena, M. P., Spano, G. & Fiocco, D. (2017). β-Glucans and Probiotics. American Journal of Immunology, 13(1), 34-44. https://doi.org/10.3844/ajisp.2017.34.44

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Keywords

  • β-Glucans
  • Probiotic
  • Prebiotic
  • Synbiotic
  • Immune-Modulation