Are you looking for a natural way to boost your immune system? Are you a cancer patient or survivor looking for immune support?
The world's most researched specialty immune supplement supported by 20 human clinical studies, by over 30 papers published in PubMed-indexed journals and by more than 100 pre-clinical and in vitro studies.
Japan's leading alternative cancer therapy used in hundreds of cancer clinics throughout Asia.
Highly effective immuno-modulator used in over 700 clinics as a standard preventative regiment for all incoming patient to reduce the risk of hospital infections.
The daily immune supplement of tens of thousands of healthy people in Japan and worldwide, seeking to help their bodies to fight the formation of abnormal cells, whose growth can lead to cancer, chronic disease and infections (such as the influenza / flu virus).
Excerpt from AHCC: A Most Remarkable Mushroom:
Active hexose correlated compound: the name may not be engaging or easy to remember, but AHCC, as it is commonly known, is proving to be an exciting, innovative, effective, and memorable, nutritional supplement. More precisely, AHCC is not just a supplement; it is a functional food. At its core, AHCC is derived from healing mushrooms. Although mushrooms have long been recognized and honored by various cultures for their medicinal properties and there are numerous mushroom products on the market, AHCC is different from all the rest.
If you are thinking, “Yes, I’ve heard that line before,” or, “Just what we need, another supplement that claims to cure everything,” we would have to agree with both of those sentiments. AHCC is different, but does it cure everything? No. Can taking AHCC greatly enhance your health or the health of someone you care about? Most definitely.
This book shares what experts know about AHCC and individuals have experienced when using this functional food. Scientists have discovered that this potent, versatile gift from nature has impressive immune system enhancing abilities along with anti-inflammatory properties and other healing features. Such characteristics are the core of what makes AHCC such an important product. We discuss these characteristics in greater depth later in the book, but for now let’s just say that strengthening and maintaining a strong immune system is instrumental not only in fighting infections such as colds and flu, but also in protecting the body against and treating many serious and chronic diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, autoimmune diseases and cancer because at their core, they may share one thing: they may be controlled by or otherwise intimately associated with, the immune system.
Reducing inflammation is crucial because, although inflammation is the body’s natural response to attack, it also is a key element in many serious disorders. Basically, where there’s inflammation, there’s a problem. Therefore, an effective and safe functional food supplement that can be called upon to help prevent, treat or manage inflammation and other health challenges is highly desirable.
Although AHCC has been studied extensively in both animals and humans for more than 20 years, scientists continue to learn more about it every day, with each new study presenting more insight and knowledge. It is not enough to say, “We have done x number of studies and AHCC is a supplement you should take.” We are on a journey of discovery. What has been uncovered thus far has been promising and, in many cases, life changing in small ways as well as big ones. You are invited to join us on this path of opportunity so you can discover how AHCC could make a positive difference in your life.
The first component of AHCC is shiitake mushrooms, which have a rich history of healing powers. The next ingredient is several hybrids from the Basidiomycota phylum of fungi. Rather than using the “fruiting body”, the familiar cap and stem part of the mushroom that is above ground, AHCC is made using only the mycelia (singular: mycelium), which are the hairlike root structures below the ground. The various mycelia are cultured in rice bran extract (which possesses antiviral and immune system enhancing qualities of its own) until they form a colony.
The colony is then cultured for an additional 45 to 60 days. The resulting product undergoes a series of patented steps that involve cultivation, decomposition by enzymes, sterilization, concentration and freeze-drying, all developed at the University of Tokyo Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences by Dr. Toshihiko Okamoto, along with researchers at Amino Up Chemical Co., Ltd. in Japan. The end result of this carefully computer-monitored manufacturing process is the functional food supplement AHCC, a product with impressive and growing evidence of effectiveness and an impeccable safety profile.
One special part of the manufacturing process occurs when the enzymes break down the nutrients in the mycelia into a form that is better absorbed by the body. This process results in AHCC having a much lower molecular weight (5,000 daltons) when compared with other mushroom extracts, which average 100,000 daltons or higher. This low molecular weight is a unique feature of AHCC. A low molecular weight allows the body to utilize the compounds in AHCC in an optimal manner. In particular, the immune system’s white blood cells have easy access to AHCC’s constituents so they can use them to strengthen the body’s defenses and fight tumors. So what are those nutrients?
AHCC: Much More Than a Fungus
The chemical composition of AHCC includes: carbohydrates (44 per- cent), fats (37.3 percent), proteins (7.2 percent), vitamins B1, B2 and B3 (niacin) (0.3 percent each), fiber, minerals (4.5 percent each, sodium and potassium) and water (1.3 percent). (Amounts are approximate.) Most of the carbohydrates are polysaccharides, complex carbohydrates formed by the bonding of various monosaccharides, which include sugars such as glucose and fructose. The “secret” of AHCC’s activity in the body is found primarily in its carbohydrates; specifically the polysaccharides known as alpha-glucans and beta-glucans.
Excuse us if we get a bit technical here, but an explanation of alpha-glucans and beta-glucans can help you better understand why AHCC is much more than a fungus. First of all, polysaccharides are the active compounds in many healing foods and supplements made from mushrooms and plants. The primary polysaccharides in other mushroom-based health foods are beta-glucans. The words “alpha” and “beta” refer to the types of bonds each glucan has with sugar (glucose) molecules.
The main polysaccharides in AHCC are acetylated alpha-glucan (specifically, alpha-1,4-glucan) and, to a lesser extent, beta-glucans.
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