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STUDY: Stressed? Baker’s yeast beta glucan improves mood and the immune system.

Research has been conducted into the effects of beta glucan on stress levels and moods in women. This research, published in The Journal of the American College of Nutrition, shows promising results and shows one of the many health benefits of baker’s yeast beta glucan.

Mood-score improved with 29% with women who took beta glucan.

Persistent stress takes its toll, which makes the body and mind more vulnerable to infections and mood disorders like anxieties and depressions. An effective stress management contains taking a yeast extract, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. This study showed that women who experienced moderately intense psychological stress had better moods, more energy and less infections when they regularly took a supplement containing baker’s yeast beta glucan.

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Beta glucans are polysaccharides, or fibers, that are found in foods like mushrooms, oat and baker’s yeast. Of some beta glucans is proven that it can prevent heart diseases and of others that it boosts the activity of immune cells.

In this study, 77 women with a self-described moderate stress level were included. They either got a placebo or 250 mg of baker’s yeast beta glucan every day for 12 weeks. The women reported information about their moods, stress levels and health during the study.

The following differences were noticed:

Women from the beta glucan group reported less cold symptoms, like a sore throat, stuffy or runny nose and coughs, during the study than women in the placebo group. The mood-scores improved with 29% in the beta glucan group, compared to the placebo group who improved with just 16%.

Vigor-scores (measured by answers on question about physical energy, mental sharpness and emotional well-being) were also more improved with the women in the beta glucan group than with the placebo group; 41% in the beta glucan group, compared to 7% in the placebo group.

“These data show that daily dietary supplementation with a baker’s yeast beta glucan supplement reduces upper respiratory symptoms and improves mood state in stressed subjects, and thus it may be a useful approach for maintaining immune protection against daily stressors,” the study’s authors said.

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