|AHCC: What is it?|
Active Hexose Correlated Compound is neither a drug nor a medicine. It is a food substance, ---- a dietary supplement rich in polysaccharides and fiber ---- processed from the mycelia of selected mushrooms (basidiocymetes) into a rich nutritive extract. Published research has shown that, in most patients, it can be effective in stimulating and enhancing the natural defense mechanisms of the body. This is important for maintaining a healthy life style as well as a key step in the process of recovering from disease or injury.
AHCC is used extensively for immuno-therapies in hospitals throughout Japan. It appears to be especially effective when administered in conjunction with traditional medical treatments.
AHCC is safe and non-toxic. It is often used in combination with chemotherapy treatments in Japan to reduce the adverse side effects of those treatments with positive results observed in many patients. Each capsule contains polysaccharides of an oligo saccharide nature with a molecular weight of 5,000. Published research indicates that AHCC stimulates the production of NK cells, killer T-cells, and cytokines (interferon, IL-12, TNF-alpha).
AHCC's effects on the immune system were first recognized in the late 1980's at Tokyo University. The substance had originally been selected for study as a potential agent for the reduction of blood pressure. However, its potential for boosting immune system response was quickly recognized. The first research paper on the subject was published in 1992 addressing the promising observed result of enhanced NK cell activity in cancer patients.
In 1994 the AHCC Research Association was established in Japan as more and more research showed favorable results when AHCC was used as part of a treatment routine for various diseases. The Amino Up Chemical Company now produces AHCC in commercial quantities at its facility in Sapporo, Japan. It is widely available, and its beneficial effects in the treatment of several diseases are being studied at major universities and hospitals in Japan and around the world.
It can be used as a nutritive food supplement in a daily regimen to maintain good health. Published medical case studies also indicate that the substance can boost the immune system and alleviate the effects of specific diseases. The manufacturer recommends a dosage of two capsules daily before a meal as a dietary supplement, and two capsules three times daily before each meal for additional immune system support.
It is now available throughout North and South America, Europe, and parts of Asia as a dietary supplement from AHCC Nutrients USA.
**The statements contained herein regarding AHCC are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. These statements have not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. Individuals should seek advice concerning supplements and diets from physicians, health-care providers, and certified dieticians. At AHCC Nutrients USA we encourage you to do so.