Skin health promotion effects of natural Beta-Glucan derived from cereals and microorganisms: A review

Bin Du, Zhaoxiang BIAN, Baojun Xu*

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-166
Number of pages8
JournalPhytotherapy Research
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Pharmacology

User-Defined Keywords

  • β-glucan
  • anti-UV
  • anti-wrinkle
  • antioxidant activity
  • moisturizing effect
  • skin permeation absorption
  • wound healing

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