Oat BG22 From Oat Beta Glucan And Biogrow Oat BG22 Malaysia
Oat BG22 is an oat bran powder containing up to 22% of beta glucan. Though I have not found why it is named Oat BG22, it is obvious the BG stands Beta Glucan while the 22 represents the percentage of beta glucan. Oat BG22 is marketed as BIOGROW Oat BG22 Oat Bran Powder.
The BIOGROW oat bran powder is imported from Sweden. It has been approved by the Malaysia Ministry of Health to have the following functions claims:
- Lower or reduce blood cholesterol
- Lower the rise of blood glucose, provided it is not consumed together with other food
The product also rides on the health claims of EFSA and US FDA. Under the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) approval, oat beta glucan has been shown to lower cholesterol, which may lower the risk of heart (coronary) disease. The US FDA states similar approval as ‘Soluble fiber (beta glucan) from oat bran, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.
Comparison of Oat BG22 (BIOGROW Oat BG22) With Other Oats
Analysis of oats indicate that it contains about 3% beta glucan. Oat bran, which is the outer layer covering the endosperm and beneath the hull. It has 10 times more fiber than the endosperm (refined oat). Oat bran consists of about 5.5% beta glucan. According to the official website of Oat BG22, the product contains 20% beta glucan, which is obtained by concentration through a proprietary process to preserve its natural form without modification and chemicals. This is summarized in the diagram extracted from the product literature. (Diagram below)
Features of BIOGROW Oat BG22
Oat BG22is supposed to be a high source of dietary fiber. In accordance to the regulatory requirements of Malaysian Ministry of Health, a high source of fiber must contain at least 6g of total dietary fiber for every 100g of food product. This BIOGROW product contains 3.6g of total dietary fiber for 1 scoop (9g) of oat bran powder. As a result, their recommendation is to take 2 scoops of the oat bran powder each day, which provides you 7.2g of fiber, more than the stipulated requirement.
Another feature of thie BIOGROW product is its low sodium content. It is known that high salt intake or high sodium intake, can be a high risk factor for high blood pressure. One scoop of this product contains less than 0.6 mg.
Health Benefits of BIOGROW Oat Bran Powder
Oat Beta Glucan Lowers Cholesterol
Oat beta glucan has been studies and clinically proven in lowering cholesterol level. Based on existing scientific studies and clinical trials, 2 servings of BIOGROW Oat Bran Powder each day fro 4 weeks are able to reduce LDL cholesterol by 5.5%. In addition, one serving of the product each day can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 12%. Furthermore, the total cholesterol is also seen to decrease without lowering the HDL cholesterol. The multiple heart related benefits of consuming this product are the important points we need to keep in mind.
Medically, using medicine to reduce LDL cholesterol usually also reduces the HDL cholesterol. This is not what we want but that is the best prescription medicine could accomplish. Natural soluble dietary fiber such as BIOGROW Oat Bran Powder can accomplish what medicine could not achieve.
How Does Oat Beta Glucan Work
The working mechanism of the oat beta glucan is really quite straightforward and simple. When it enters the intestine, the beta glucan forms a gel like substance that lines and entwines the folds of the intestine. This has the effect of preventing the absorption of cholesterol from the food we consume. When we consume this oat b glucan over time, we will surely experience a reduction in cholesterol because not only the beta glucan has reduced cholesterol absorption, our body also has its mechanism to remove resident cholesterol.
As far as heart health is concerned, this is the best therapy you can find today. The major problem with medical treatment using drugs is the side effects and efficacy. If you have known anybody or yourself taking any cholesterol drug, you will know what it means and how it feels to be on those medicine. The famous saying from doctor when prescribing cholesterol pills is ‘You will have to take the medicine for the rest of your life!”
That is not the doctor’s fault, really. That is the best they can give you as far as pharmaceuticals are concerned. Imagine, you can see improvement in mere 4 to 6 weeks! Why would anyone want to be laden with life time medication while they have the option to treat their heart condition through food.
Oat Beta Glucan Renders Heart Health Benefits & Dietary Fiber Functions
Though Oat beta glucan can accomplish what medical treatment could only fathom, it has its limitation. Beta glucan can be derived from different sources, including barley, mushroom and yeast. One of the most important effects of beta glucan is immune system support. Unfortunately, oat derived beta glucan such as Oat BG22 does not provide immunity benefits. For more details on beta glucan benefits on immune system, please watch out our upcoming post on yeast beta glucan.