Arabinogalactan Powder 300 Grams
Used for infections, including the common cold, flu, ear infections in children and HIV/AIDS. Also used to provide dietary fiber, lower cholesterol, and to boost the immune system.
Larch arabinogalactan refers to a polysaccharide derived from wood of the Western larch or Larix occidentalis.Arabinogalactans occur in other types of larch, but that which is marketed for supplemental usage comes from the Western larch. Larch arabinogalactan is not one substance but a mixture of several different arabinogalactans with molecular weights as low as 3,000 daltons and as high as 100,000 daltons.
Arabinogalactans are water-soluble polysaccharides widely found in plants, fungi and bacteria. They are comprised of D-galactose and L-arabinose residues in the form of a beta-D-(1-3)-galactan main chain with side chains made up of galactose and arabinose units of various lengths. Galactan itself is a polymer of galactose.
In plants, arabinogalactans occur as arabinogalactan proteins. These proteins are proteoglycans involved in plant growth and development; they may also be involved in signal transduction in plants.
Dietary intake of arabinogalactans comes from carrots, radishes, tomatoes, pears and wheat, among other plant foods. Gum arabic, a commonly used food additive, is composed of highly branched arabinogalactan. Arabinogalactans are also found in such herbs as Echinacea spp. and such edible mushrooms as Ganoderma lucidum. Arabinogalactans are thought to contribute to the possible immune-enhancing activities of echinacea and ganoderma.
Larch arabinogalactan is considered a nondigestible soluble dietary fiber. It is also thought to stimulate the colonic growth of such bacteria as bifidobacteria and lactobacilli. These bacteria may confer certain health benefits. Substances that stimulate the growth of bifidobacteria are called bifidogenic factors. Substances that promote the colonic growth of beneficial bacteria are called prebiotics.
What is Arabinogalactan used for?
Developing research shows that taking larch arabinogalactan does not significantly lower total cholesterol, “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, other blood fats called triglycerides, body weight, blood pressure, orsugar levels in healthy people. It is not known if larch arabinogalactan lowers cholesterol levels in people with high cholesterol
H1N1 (swine) flu
Earache (otitis media)
Dietary fiber supplementation
Boosting the immune system
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