Skin Health Promotion Effects of Natural Beta-Glucan Derived from Cereals and Microorganisms: A Review

Authors

  • Bin Du,

    1. Analysis and Testing Center, Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology, Qinhuangdao, Hebei, China
    2. School of Chinese Medicine, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China
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  • Zhaoxiang Bian,

    1. School of Chinese Medicine, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China
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  • Baojun Xu

    Corresponding author
    1. Food Science and Technology Program, Beijing Normal University–Hong Kong Baptist University United International College, Zhuhai, Guangdong, China
    • Baojun Xu, Food Science and Technology Program, Beijing Normal University–Hong Kong Baptist University United International College, Zhuhai, Guangdong 519085, China.

      E-mail: baojunxu@uic.edu.hk

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Abstract

β-Glucans are natural cell wall polysaccharides found in yeast, fungi (including mushrooms), some bacteria, seaweeds and cereals. Natural β-glucans possess many health promotion effects on human health, such as anti-tumor, anti-diabetes, anti-infection, lowering blood cholesterol and immune-modulating properties. These effects have been reviewed previously. However, skin health promotion of β-glucan derived from cereals and microorganisms has received little attention. This review focuses on antioxidant activity, anti-wrinkle activity, anti-ultraviolet light, wound healing, and moisturizing effect and skin permeation absorption of β-glucan. Furthermore, applications of β-glucan in cosmetics are also discussed. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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