AHCC (Active Hexose Correlated Compound)

AHCC® is a natural immune-modulating compound derived from a unique fraction of specially-cultured medicinal mushroom mycelia (roots) which has been clinically proven to modulate the immune system.  AHCC® is supported by more than 30 human clinical studies and more than 50 papers in PubMed-indexed journals (ahccresearch.com/pages/cs).

Studies indicate that AHCC® works as an immunotherapy by using the body’s own immune system to help fight disease. Human and pre-clinical studies have shown that AHCC® increases the number and/or activity of natural killer (NK) cells, killer T-cells, dendritic cells, and cytokines, which enable the body to effectively respond to infections.

Previous clinical research on AHCC® has focused on oncology and hepatology.  One 10-year prospective cohort study published in the Journal of Hepatology followed 269 patients with advanced hypercellular carcinoma showed that those taking AHCC® had statistically significant lower tumor recurrence rates (34.5% vs 66.1%) and longer 5-year survival rates (79.6% vs 53.2%).  Multiple other studies have demonstrated that AHCC® improves immune parameters and quality of life of cancer patients.  In the field of hepatology, AHCC® has been shown to reduce viral loads in patients with hepatitis C and to help subjects with non-viral liver disease.

Well-circulated research appearing in Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy describes a study of cancer-infected mice that pointed to a reduction in cancer development.  What is more, AHCC may benefit you if you’re going through chemotherapy treatment, even impacting chemotherapy side effects directly.

Another study, this one in the Journal of Experimental Therapeutics and Oncology, illustrated AHCC protecting cancer-infected mice from liver damage and bone marrow suppression associated with chemotherapy. While conclusions regarding AHCC’s effects on humans going through chemotherapy would require more in-depth research, the substance seems promising. That is not to say, of course, that just eating shiitake mushrooms will afford you the benefits of AHCC. AHCC is something that scientists extract from these and other mushrooms, and to use AHCC for cancer treatment, it’s usually administered intravenously, or in supplement form. In Japan, AHCC is the 2nd most popular complementary and alternative medicine used by cancer patients.

If you are currently Attacking Cancer, AHCC is one more component you may want to add to your treatment protocol to boost immunity. The AHCC Research Association calls it “the world’s most researched specialty immune supplement”.  Check with your health practitioner to see if AHCC is right for you.

Also, Preliminary Phase II Data Show AHCC® Supplementation May Support the Host Immune System to Eradicate the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) in Women.  For more information about AHCC visit the AHCC Research Association