Is beta-glucan good for your skin?

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If you’ve been through the vitamin aisle at the natural foods store and have flipped the pages of health magazines looking for the right product for healthy skin, only to find yourself frustrated, we have news for you. Wanting healthy skin is not — we repeat, NOT — asking too much. 

You just might be looking in the wrong places. Here, we’re going to break down why beta-glucan might be a key to improving your skin health and making it bright, shiny, and clear. Now that’s something we can all get behind!


What does beta-glucan do for your skin?

To grasp this, you must first understand what exactly a beta-glucan is. In short (but still relatively scientific) terminology, they are polysaccharide sugars located in your cell walls. An interesting and microscopic thing to think about, but now that you know this, it’s pretty easy to understand how this can impact your skin.

Skin, like all parts of the body, is made up of cells. Beta-glucan can help protect the cells that house it, skin in this case, from bacteria, the long-time enemy of those trying to prevent oily and broken-out skin.

So from this angle, adding the most effective beta-glucan, the b1,3/1,6 strain, can be quite beneficial to maintaining healthy, shiny skin.

But it goes further, and gets even more visible. Beta-glucan can actually work to keep your skin looking younger, acting as a sort of anti-aging agent that minimizes wrinkles and lines in the skin. And because beta-glucan is high in antioxidants, studies have shown that it can further work to fight oxidant-related stress that tends to “age” our faces.

All in all, a small but powerful tool in keeping your skin healthy, no beauty sleep required.


Can beta-glucan help fight acne?

With how good beta-glucan is for your skin in general, it makes perfect sense that it would also be good for treating and preventing acne. This is true. Acne is caused by a bacterial infection in the pores resulting from sebum clogging. When this sebum is stuffed and hardened deep within the pores, whiteheads and blackheads are formed. 

Beta-glucan can actually speed the fighting of this bacterial infection by stimulating the immune cells needed to generate a prompt response. Beta-glucan may not be an all-in-one acne cure for all people, and if your doctor has recommended or prescribed specific treatment for acne, beta-glucan should not replace that treatment. But it can be used as an added warrior in the good fight.

And because beta-glucan works so hard to keep your skin healthy and bright, another added perk here is that it can help minimize scarring and permanent marks in the skin that arise as a result of acne breakouts. This is great news — because healing from a breakout can often be overshadowed by a mark that takes months to fully disappear.


Is beta-glucan better than hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring, goopy substance produced by your body. (Sounds appealing, right?) It’s primary function is to keep skin and tissue hydrated by retaining water. This is good — and beta-glucan can take the benefit even further. In fact, studies have shown that beta-glucan can be up to 20 percent more hydrating than hyaluronic acid.

By adding a beta-glucan supplement to your health routine, you not only are getting the helpful skin-boosting benefits that we discussed above, but you are also helping to keep your skin, pores, and tissue more hydrated, helping them to function at a more optimum level.


What is the best way to add more beta-glucan to my routine?

Now that we grasp all of this, the question becomes how to actually get more beta-glucan into our system. You have a few options here — you could head to the grocery store and stock up on mushrooms, oats, and yeast. We’re not saying you shouldn’t do that, as eating a healthy and largely plant-based diet is part of the Haka Life Warrior lifestyle

But there are more efficient ways to do this when beta-glucan is the goal. There are beta-glucan serums, which come in the form of spritzes, lotions, and other topical additives. These can work, but can be tough to know exactly how much beta-glucan you’re getting in one go. It can also be tough to keep that dosage consistent time after time — can you really measure exactly how much ointment you’re scooping out of a jar?

The easiest and most consistent way to add beta-glucan to your diet and lifestyle is to try a supplement such as Glucan85Plus. Glucan85Plus, from Haka Life Nutrition, is an all-in-one beta-glucan supplement that provides the recommended daily amount of beta-glucan to ensure healthy skin. 

The 1,3/1,6 genetic makeup of the Beta-Glucan we use in Glucan 85 Plus is absorbed easily and effectively by your body. The Beta-Glucan found in those common grocery store items like mushrooms and oats aren’t of the same potency and are thus less effective than the 85%+ potency of Glucan 85 Plus. The same is true of cheaper, less-potent supplements that don’t promise the same potency level.

We’re proud to deliver a supplement that also features an array of healthy bonus ingredients including organic echinacea, organic elderberry fruit powder, and Vitamin C for added immune boost, Vitamin D for teeth and bones, and zinc for metabolic function.

All of these health-boost ingredients combine to mean it won’t be only your skin that will shine brighter. 

Bonus: Glucan85Plus can also help stabilize blood glucose levels and boost your immune system!

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