1 3-B-D-Beta Glucan Testing
The presence and importance of Beta Glucans in the environment and within the human body has been grossly misunderstood. A Beta Glucan is the biomass, casing, or outer shell of the shell of the mold spore. The mold spore casing itself is made up of Beta Glucans. Beta Glucans by themselves are not known to cause disease, however they are an inflammatory which can cause inflammation throughout the human body when ingested or inhaled. Beta Glucans through their process of biodegradation become “Fine and Ultra Fine Particulates”, those particulates land on food and are ingested while others are inhaled deep into the respiratory tree. If a Beta Glucan particulate was born of a species of fungi which was ”pathogenic “(disease causing to human beings) the biotoxins, or mycotoxins from that mold spore are trapped inside the Beta Glucan shell, thus the Beta Glucan becomes the transport, or delivery mechanism into the human body.
A Beta Glucan is a solid, fibrous, non-soluble particle, when over one micro in molecular size the beta Glucans may adhere to the mucus linings of the lungs and creates inflammation, shortness of breath and other asthmatic symptoms. Since Beta Glucans are non-soluble they may stay in the lungs for a lengthy period of time. Beta Glucans less than one micron when inhaled may pass directly through the air sacs of the lungs and directly into the blood stream. This has been known to cause liver and kidney damage as well as autoimmune disease. In mold litigation cases test this becomes a crucial component where onset Asthma, COPD, or respiratory collapse is present.