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Can you pay for beta glucans with an HSA?

Are you wondering if you can pay for beta glucans with an HSA? You may also be wondering if this item is eligible or ineligible for use with your HSA funds, or if it qualifies for reimbursement.

No, unfortunately you can't use your HSA to pay for beta glucans. In fact, if you do pay for beta glucans with you HSA, you may be subject to a penalty.

More details about beta glucans

Beta-glucans are sugars found in bacteria, fungi, yeasts, algae, lichens, and plants like oats and barley.

Sold as a dietary supplement, beta-glucans are purported to have positive effects on a number of health-related issues, including the immune system, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer, and even HIV/AIDS.


Please note that it's always best to check with your HSA administrator or health insurance provider to confirm if you can pay for beta glucans with your HSA card before making any purchases.

A good rule of thumb is that if your doctor diagnosed you with a specific medical condition or ordered a treatment, product, or prescription specifically for you, your HSA should cover it. Sometimes your HSA will even cover items that it normally wouldn't if you have a letter of medical necessity signed by your doctor. Again, you should check with your HSA administrator before any purchase if you have any questions about an item being eligible or ineligible.