It’s been a couple of years since I touted the benefits of beta-glucans.
And this excerpt from one of the articles is worth repeating:
Adding beta-glucans to your diet can lower your cholesterol and blood sugar, strengthen the immune system, fight cancer and build collagen. Foods rich in beta glucans are: miso soup, dates, seaweed, brewer’s yeast, baker’s yeast, oats, barley, shiitake, maitake and reishi mushrooms. You can also take a supplement which is available at your local Vitamin Shoppe or online.
But not only are beta-glucans good for your health, they are 20% more hydrating for the skin than hyaluronic acid. They do what hyaluronic acid does … only better.
In fact, beta-glucans can really penetrate into the epidermis to plump up those fine lines and wrinkles and they make the skin just look more youthful overall.
They also have wound-healing properties, are brightening, firming, soothing and can reduce redness.
I’ve actually gotten to experience these effects from essences, serums and sheet masks containing beta-glucans.
If you haven’t noticed them in products you will definitely see beta-glucans as the star soon.
So move over hyaluronic acid … there’s a new ingredient in town.
For a younger you!
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