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Fiber-breaking enzymes are capable of hydrolyzing the nondigestible carbohydrates that comprise fiber. The human body does not produce enzymes to break down fiber, but instead is at the mercy of enzymes produced by intestinal microorganisms. While fiber is an important part of a healthy diet, it may also act as an anti-nutritive factor. Fiber may bind to minerals and other nutrients, blocking their bioavailability and preventing their absorption.

The beta-glucanase enzyme used in National Enzyme Company products represents a standardized side activity of a food grade cellulase complex obtained through the fermentation of Trichoderma longibrachiatum. Beta-glucanase acts on the interior 1,4-be- ta-glucosidic bonds of beta glucans containing mixed 1,3- and 1,4-bonds.


One FCC Beta-Glucanase Unit (BGU) is defined as the amount of beta-glucanase that will degrade barley beta-glucan to reducing carbohydrates with a reduction power corresponding to 1 μmol glucose/min at pH 7.5 and 30° C.


Beta-glucanase is typically utilized in the food and alcohol industry to reduce the viscosity of barley, malt, rice, rye and other cereal grains. In the dietary supplement industry, it is used as a digestive aid to help in the digestion of anti-nutritive oligosaccharides.

Shelf Life:

To maintain optimum enzyme activity, this product should be stored in a cool, dry place in a tightly sealed container. When properly stored, this product can be expected to lose less than 10% of its activity in twelve months.

Typical Side Activities:

Cellulase and amylase


  • Form: Dry powder
  • Color: White to light tan
  • Odor: Free of offensive odor
  • Taste: Free of offensive taste
  • Effective pH Range: pH 2.0 to 7.0
  • Optimum pH: pH 3.5 to 6.0
  • Effective Temperature Range:20°C to 75°C
  • Optimum Temperature: 40°C to 60°C

Nothing disclosed above is to be construed as a recommendation to use our product in violation of any patents. The information presented above is believed to be accurate. However, said information and products are offered without warranty or guarantee except as to the composition and purity stated herein since the ultimate conditions of use and variability of the materials treated are beyond our control.

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