American Journal of Immunology

β-Glucans and Probiotics

Mattia Pia Arena, Giuseppe Spano and Daniela Fiocco

DOI : 10.3844/ajisp.2017.34.44

American Journal of Immunology

Volume 13, Issue 1

Pages 34-44


In the recent decades, several health-promoting features have been ascribed to β-glucans. Biological properties such as anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating activity have been claimed for these polysaccharides. Moreover, when β-glucans were used in association with probiotic bacteria, prebiotic effects have been demonstrated, due to their ability to enhance growth, metabolism and/or beneficial activities of probiotics. This review shall present an overview of those studies, which have documented the diverse health-benefits of β-glucans and their association with probiotics.


© 2017 Mattia Pia Arena, Giuseppe Spano and Daniela Fiocco. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.