Food Processing & Technology
Research Article
Volume 4 Issue 1 - 2017
Acidic Extraction of Oat Beta Glucan by High Purity
Monika Nabil Gayed Ibrahim*, Selezneva Irina Stanislavovna and Lugovik Kseniya Igorevna
Ural Federal University, Russia
Received: September 01, 2016 | Published: January 03, 2017
*Corresponding author: Monika Nabil Gayed Ibrahim, Master student, at the Ural Federal University, Yekaterinburg, Russia, Email:
Citation: Ibrahim MNG, Stanislavovna SI, Igorevna LK (2017) Acidic Extraction of Oat Beta Glucan by High Purity. MOJ Food process Technol 4(1): 00077. DOI: 10.15406/mojfpt.2017.04.00077


Beta Glucan is considered to be a functional and bioactive substance, which can be added to many types of food products or taken as a food supplement in the form of capsules. In our work, we try to extract Beta Glucan from oat bran especially of the high concentration in the extract. We used acidic method to extract Beta Glucan and got final extract by concentration and received Beta Glucan content of 90%. So, now using a simple method you only need accuracy in work and you can get Beta Glucan of high concentration and use it in many food products.

Keywords: Oat bran; Aidic extraction; Beta Glucan extract; High concentration; Bioactive material


Beta Glucan is a natural polysaccharide, which has soluble and insoluble types. The soluble type is of great importance [1]. So, we will discuss the extracting of the soluble Beta-D-Glucan, which is present in many cereal grains, yeast, fungus and some bacteria. It has many structural forms as (1→3)(1→4)-β-D-Glucan and (1à3)(1à6)β-D-Glucan, the first one is present in cereal grain and the second one - in yeast, fungus and some microorganisms [2].

The importance of beta Glucan is that it can be considered as a functional and bioactive ingredient; it also has high preventive action against many diseases as atherosclerosis, diabetes militias, and cancer; it improves digestion and the health of normal microflora [3]. For this now it is recommended to take not less than 3 g daily to be able to act as bioactive ingredient [4].

On the other hand, we can add it to many products to improve their quality and if they contain starter culture it improves its growth as in yoghurt, ice cream, bread, beer [2,3]. In our research, we will extract beta Glucan of high purity from cereal (for example, oat bran).


To extract beta-Glucan from oat bran of high purity percentage reaching 90 % and to show the main difference between our method and other acidic extraction methods. It allows us to add the extract to different types of products and not to lose its functionality and nutraceutical effect. Also it is better to add the beta-Glucan itself than oat because it permits to add the beta-Glucan by low amount and achieve the daily level of human needs than to add the oat by very large amount.

Materials and Methods

Materials (Table 1)

Bran oat

Ethanol 80 %


Citric Acid (15%)

Sulfuric Acid (86 %)

Petri dish

Distilled water

Centrifugator and its tubes

Magnetic stirrer, beds

Balance, cups, spoon

Flasks, test tubes



Hot air oven

Lugol’s iodine

Small glass bottle

Table 1: Materials.


We will have 2 samples, each 20 g of oat bran [5].

  1. Weigh oat bran (20 g).
  2. Prepare ethanol (80 %), add by the ratio 1:4 (oat : ethanol).
  3. Mix them together and leave them on the magnetic stirrer for 2 hours at room temperature (22-25 °C) at 600 rpm. pH = 6,7 at 25 °C.
  4. Then add NaOH (1M = 4 %) by ratio 1:7 (oat : NaOH).
  5. Mix them on the magnetic stirrer at 45 °C for 2 hours at 250 rpm (Figure 1).

Figure 1: The mixture of oat bran, ethanol and NaOH on stirrer.

pH = 12,8 at 21°C, nonhydrine test is positive, starch test is negative.

  1. Nonhydrine test: Take an amount from the tested solution and add the same amount from the nonhydrine solution 0,5 % and heat for 2-3 minutes. If it gives blue color, the result is positive (Figure 2).
  2. Figure 2: Nonhydrine test: positive result.

  3. Starch test: Take 2 ml of tested solution and add 3 drops of Lugol’s iodine. If violet to blue color appears so than it is positive result (Figure 3).
  4. Figure 3: Starch test: negative result.

  1. Cool till 20 °C then centrifugate at 6000 rpm at 20 °C for 15 min and take supernatant (we see separation of 3 layers of sediments, Figure 4).
  2. Figure 4: After first centrifugation at 6000 rpm for 15 min.

Recentrifugate again at 6000 rpm for 15 min (we find little precipitation at the bottom). pH = 12,8 at 27 °C, nonhydrine test is negative.

  1. Then add citric acid 15 % to supernatant till pH reaches 3,5 at 20 °C (it takes citric acid by ratio 1:1,13 citric acid to filtrate (Figure 5).
  2. Figure 5: After adding citric acid and the pH becoming 3,5.

  3. Cool till 4 °C then centrifugate at 15000 rpm for 30 min at 4 °C and separate the supernatant (Figure 6). pH = 3,6 at 16,8 °C.
  4. Figure 6: After centrifugation at 15000 rpm for 30 min.

  5. Then add 80 % ethanol by ratio 1:2 supernatant : ethanol (it is better to divide each 100 ml of supernatant and add ethanol because it increases yield and purity of beta Glucan). pH = 4,5 at 25,2 °C (Figure 7).
  6. Figure 7: Beta-Glucan after adding ethanol.

  7. Leave it at 4 °C for 15 min then centrifugate at 6000 rpm for 15 min at 4 °C then separate the sediment pellet (Figure 8). Put it into a Petri dish knowing its weight, and then weigh the extract.
  8. Figure 8: Beta-Glucan after separation as pellet.

  9. Dry the pellets in a hot air oven at 42 °C till they are completely dry and the color is slightly dark and not sticky (Figure 9). It takes from about 15 to 16 hours. Then keep it in a clean dry small glass bottle. For better drying put on Petri dish and put it into the dryer as fast as possible because slow drying leads to the crystallization of Beta-Glucan and results in absorbing water. Then weigh the extract again.
  10. Figure 9: Beta-Glucan extract after drying.

  11. Grind well till you get a powder (Figure 10), this also improves its solubility in water and usage by microflora. Then weigh it.
  12. Figure 10: Beta-Glucan after grinding.

Then we prepare the sample for spectrophotometer analysis: [6,7]

  1. Dissolve the extract in water at the temperature of 25-30 °C at 700 rpm by magnetic stirrer. It takes approximately 2 hours to dissolve by a concentration of 5·10-5 g/ml.
  2. Prepare the reagent (cold 86 %sulfuric acid, every 1 ml contains 0,7 mg L-cysteine, Figure 11).
  3. Figure 11: The reagent (sulfuric acid + L-cysteine) and dissolved beta-Glucan.

Remark: add the cysteine when the sulfuric acid is cold and leave on the stirrer at 250 rpm for 30 min to dissolve well in sulfuric acid. Do not leave them for a long time especially at warm temperature because they react together and give yellow color and give false result.

  1. Then add 2 ml of reagent to each 400 µl of dissolved extraction.
  2. Put them directly into boiling water for 3 min.
  3. Leave at a room temperature to cool for 40 min before reading on spectrophotometer at 415 nm and record the absorbance (Figure 12).
  4. Figure 12: The tested solution after the 40 min period.

  5. Compare the absorbance with the standard curve of glucose to identify the glucose concentration in our extract, and with the knowledge of the molecular weight of beta Glucan and glucose, we can determine the percentage of beta-Glucan in the extract.

Results and Discussion

First sample

The weight of the Petri dish = 121,590 g
The weight of the Petri dish + Beta-Glucan before drying = 124,144 g
The weight of the Petri dish + Beta-Glucan after drying = 122,224 g
So the weight of our Beta-Glucan extract = 0,634 g
After grinding = 0,628 g

Second sample

The weight of the Petri dish = 109,383 g
The weight of the Petri dish + Beta-Glucan before drying = 112,528 g
The weight of the Petri dish + Beta-Glucan after drying = 110,369 g
So the weight of extracted Beta Glucan = 0,986 g
After grinding = 0.885 g

Spectrophotometer analysis

We plot the standard curve (Figure 13&14, curve 1) for glucose crystal (1 mole glucose + 1 mole water) at concentrations ranging from 1,7·10-4 to 0,5·10-5 mol/l and using 415 nm for absorbance measurement.

Figure 13: Standard curve 1 (By system origin 61).

Figure 14: Standard curve 1 (By system Microsoft Office Excel 2007).

After, we use the same wavelength for the measurement of sample’s solutions. Glucose concentration of the samples was derived from comparison of the absorbance values obtained from samples and the standard curve.

So, if the first sample has y (absorbance) = 0.418 and the second sample has y (absorbance) = 0.495.

So, from the equation, y = 6994X + 0.140.

The first sample has, X (glucose conc.) = 4·10-5 g/ml and the second sample has, X (glucose conc.) = 5·10-5 g/ml.

Calculation of the obtained Beta-Glucan concentration: If we know that the molecular weight of oat Beta-Glucan = 2·106 g/mol and the molecular weight of glucose =180 g/mol.

  1. In the first sample: glucose concentration = 4·10-5 g/ml, so the same for Beta-Glucan in the same 1 ml.

Because our glucose sample is crystal (180 g glucose + 18 g water), so the concentration of pure glucose in it = 4·10-5 · 91/ 100 = 3,6·10-5 g pure glucose. So the same of Beta-Glucan in the 1 ml. And because we took 5·10-5 g of our extraction, so this weight has the 3,6·10-5 g of Beta-Glucan. So the purity of Beta-Glucan in first extraction was = 72 %

  1. In second sample: Glucose concentration = 5·10-5 g/ml, so the same for Beta-Glucan in the same 1 ml.

Because the glucose sample is crystal (180 g glucose + 18 g water), so the concentration of pure glucose in it = 5·10-5 · 91/100 = 4,5·10-5 g pure glucose. So the amount of Beta-Glucan is the same in 1 ml. And because we take 5·10-5 g of obtained extraction, so this weight has the 4,5·10-5 g of Beta-Glucan. So the purity of Beta-Glucan in the second extraction was = 90 %

Finally, we can say that this difference comes from decreased losses and decreased time between steps, also the supernatant received after the adding acid must not be left for a long time before adding ethanol to it and try to centrifugate quickly. Also the increase of the weight of the extract itself between the two samples is clear.
On the other hand, it is known that the oat bran contains nearly 6 % of Beta-Glucan, and we take 20 g each time so it contains 1,2 g Beta-Glucan.

In the first sample, we extract 0,634 g of 72 % purity, so we extract 0.5 g of Beta-Glucan which is in the oat bran. In the second sample, we extract 0,986 g of 90 % purity, so we extract 0.9 g of Beta-Glucan which is in the used oat bran.

We see that the amount of Beta-Glucan we succeed to extract in the second sample is high and we decrease the loss of Beta-Glucan.


Thus, in the present work we successfully carried out the extraction of Beta-Glucan from oat bran. And showed that this extraction can be very high in the purity and by good amount of extract, but it needs a lot of care during extraction. Nowadays, we can find it also as capsules in pharmacy as a preventative means of diseases and to improve human’s normal microflora.


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