A Powerful Immune-Booster from Shiitake Mushrooms.
- Promotes normal cellular growth and differentiation
- Enhances immune cell production and helps control infections
- Protects the liver
- Among the highest doses available on the market
AHCC provides antioxidants. The active ingredients of AHCC include acetylated alpha and beta glucans and saccharides of low molecular weight (5 kDaltons) for optimal bioavailability.
Active hexose correlated compound (AHCC) is a natural compound extracted from shiitake mushrooms. It was developed in Japan in 1989, and has since been used to improve the immunity of over 100,000 patients, and has been studied in over 50 human clinical trials. AHCC has the unique ability to stimulate the immune system, which is important in controlling inflammation and infection and regulating healthy cell growth. AHCC is used alongside chemotherapy treatments in many Japanese hospitals for its immune supportive effects. The majority of studies have shown reduced side effects, increased quality of life and improved survival rates. Patients taking AHCC also reported fewer side effects such as nausea, vomiting and hair loss, and AHCC improved their body weight and appetite during chemotherapy. The immune effects of AHCC are not limited to only cancer and have been applied to microbial infections as well. AOR’s AHCC is a powerful, evidence based option for people that want to support their immune function, combat stubborn infections and for patients undergoing certain types of chemotherapy.
|Supplement Facts Per 1 Capsule|
|AHCC Proprietary Blend consisting of Hybridization of several Basidomycetes mycelia extract||500mg|
|Other ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose and silicon dioxide. Capsule: hypromellose, water.|
AOR guarantees that no ingredients not listed on the label have been added to the product. Contains no wheat, gluten, corn, nuts, dairy, soy, eggs, fish or shellfish.
For general maintenance take 1 or 2 capsules daily. For more serious immune dysfunction take two capsules three times a day or as directed by a qualified health practitioner.
As reported by literature:
• Supports normal cell growth and differentiation.
• Immune function.
Mushroom root extract.
Pregnancy / Nursing
Do not take if you are pregnant and/or nursing.
AHCC and the Immune System
AHCC is remarkable because it has the ability to stimulate the immune system. Oral supplementation with AHCC increases the production by immune cells of at least two protein messengers. These proteins promote the production of macrophages, T cells and natural killer (NK) cells and improve their ability to destroy abnormal cells. Immune cells are important for health in general but are specifically involved with the control of infection and cancer.
AHCC and Abnormal Cells
Global cancer rates keep rising but most cancers are preventable. Cancer is a disease of the immune system. It is up to our immune system to recognize and destroy abnormal cells. Immunosurveillance (the ability of the immune system to detect and destroy atypical cells before they become harmful) is the pillar of cancer prevention. Indeed, individuals born with immunodeficiencies are 200 times more likely to develop cancer. Hence the great promise of immunotherapies – therapies aimed at enhancing the immune system instead of trying to kill abnormal cells. AHCC was shown effective in several research projects. In one study, AHCC and better nutrition led to a 22% tumor reduction, and 39% tumor stabilization. The combination of AHCC and genistein concentrated polysaccharide (another natural anti-tumor substance) induced apoptosis (the self destruction of unwanted cells). Similarly, supplementation of AHCC with an antioxidant extracted from buckwheat, led to the reduction of skin cancer tumors in test rats. In another study, 6 months of treatment with AHCC (6g/day) led to a partial response in 49.7% of cancer patients and a complete response in 8.8%.
AHCC in Combination with Chemotherapy
Studies using AHCC clearly demonstrated that AHCC safely increases the efficacy of conventional treatments while reducing the frequency of side effects. Patients taking AHCC with chemo or radiation saw their tumors shrink and their tumor markers decrease more than patients receiving conventional treatments alone. Furthermore, a weakened immune system is one of the most serious side effects of chemotherapy. AHCC helps to preserve immunity at a time when it is crucial to prevent the spread and growth of abnormal cells. It also reduces the toxicity and the side effects associated with chemotherapy. It alleviates hair loss and bone marrow suppression and prevents the elevation of liver enzymes. Patients taking AHCC reported less nausea and vomiting and AHCC improved their body weight and appetite. Unfortunately, at present, there are very few proven strategies to reduce the risk of tumor recurrence among survivors. Because of its effect on NK cells, AHCC supplementation may prove useful for those trying to improve their immune function in order to reduce their risk of recurrence. A prospective cohort study found that patients who had undergone resection of a liver tumor had a significantly longer no recurrence period and an increased overall survival rate when they took AHCC.
AHCC and Immunodeficiency
We have all heard of AIDS. The infection caused by the HIV virus leads to a deficient immune response because the virus slowly incapacitates the immune system. Researchers showed that HIV levels could remain suppressed without drugs if the immune system is functioning adequately. Through its influence on the immune system, AHCC may help preserve immunity in those whose defense system is slowly being infiltrated by viruses. Preliminary trials have given encouraging results.
AHCC and Infection
Infections are caused by the invasion and the multiplication of microorganisms in the body. We carry 500 to 1000 different species of bacteria throughout our body. Adequate immunity is therefore crucial in preventing infection. Several experiments confirmed AHCC’s competence for the control of infections.
AHCC and the Liver
The liver is responsible for over 500 vital functions and can be injured in a multitude of ways. The liver breaks down harmful substances and excretes them in the blood or bile. An excess of toxins can damage the liver. Trials have demonstrated that AHCC protects the liver and improves hepatic function. AHCC was also shown effective for patients with chronic viral hepatitis.
AHCC and Inflammation
Inflammatory conditions are becoming more and more problematic. Arthritis has become the leading cause of disability among adults age 65 and older. It was reported that patients taking AHCC to prevent the recurrence of abnormal growths had significant improvements in rheumatoid arthritis. AHCC was also effective at diminishing inflammation in animal studies. It is thought that AHCC reduces inflammation by modulating the immune system and by improving fat metabolism.
AHCC and Other Health Conditions
Diabetic patients have been shown to respond to AHCC, with reductions of both blood glucose levels and glycated hemoglobin levels. In addition, AHCC appears to be an adaptogen and may help relieve stress, which could alleviate stress-induced hypertension.
AHCC is very safe even in extremely high dosages. For general maintenance take 1 or 2 capsules daily. For more serious immune dysfunction take 2 capsules three times a day or as directed by a qualified health practitioner.
We are constantly exposed to bacteria, viruses and other pathological organisms. Everyday, we depend on our immune system to remain healthy. Why is it that when we get sick we direct the treatment on those pathogens and not on improving our ability to fight and prevent disease. The great promise of immunotherapies lies in their ability to stimulate our defense systems. AHCC’s gift at improving immunity has been demonstrated – finally a treatment that focuses on health and not on the disease.
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