Modern life is full of frustrations, deadlines and demands. Many people put themselves under stress so routinely that it has become a way of life. While short-term stress seems to enhance immune function temporarily, long-term stress suppresses and dysregulates the immune system, making it less fit to fight off infections. Consumers typically equate immune support with the cold/flu season, and many dietary supplement brands follow suit.
In this paper, we make the case for immune support supplementation as a tool for stress management, and present yeast beta-glucan as an ideal ingredient for immune support formulas. Yeast beta-1,3/1,6-glucan from baker’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) is a naturally-derived, bioactive component that can help improve immune function of people subject to long-term stress.