AHCC is the Shiitake!

October 02, 2019

AHCC is the Shiitake!

Ever wondered whether the mysterious fungi family had health benefits?

Well, we are here to tell you that medicinal mushrooms are really a thing. While regular fresh mushrooms are mostly water and contain no real health benefits, dehydrated mushrooms are packed with antioxidants and rich minerals that have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. If you’re curious to find out more, read about the powerful compound that makes some mushrooms superstars of the health world.

What is AHCC?

It’s a nutritional supplement that comes from certain species of basidiomycetes, a class of mushrooms including the shiitake (Lentinus edodes). Used for their medicinal purposes in traditional Chinese medicine, mushrooms are becoming a more and more common sight on the shelves of your local pharmacy. The shiitake variety, originating from Japan, is the basis for AHCC supplements and contains a variety of minerals, amino acids, and polysaccharides. AHCC is one of the most researched supplements for immune health and has been supported by over 30 human clinical studies. It’s even been backed by Ivy League schools and major health centers!

What are its benefits?

We all know the importance of a healthy immune system. When it’s down, we are much more susceptible to viruses and diseases. When it’s overactive, it can start to attack our body. To maintain a functioning balanced immune system you’ll need to follow all the steps: exercise, eat healthy, sleep well and so on. But what if you need a little extra boost? Instead of reaching for the typical dose of Vitamin C or echinacea, research is pointing to AHCC. The power of this compound lies in the mushroom’s polysaccharides, which exert beneficial effects on immune cells in test tube models and are known to have immunomodulatory effects. Additionally, AHCC has been shown to:

  • Maintain optimal natural killer (NK) cell activity by as much as 300-800%*
  • Promote levels of T cells by as much as 200%*
  • Increase populations of macrophages, in some cases doubling them*
  • Enhance cytokine production*
  • Increase the number and activity of dendritic cells*

Even if you can’t tell your NK cells from T cells, you’ll be happy to know that AHCC has been shown to significantly increase the activity of certain white blood cells, which account for about 1% of our cells but are highly important for protecting against illness and disease. Whether you feel your immune system is doing its job or you could use an extra boost, adding an AHCC supplement is useful in increasing your defense against the flu and the common cold.Think of it as an extra immune power against some health issues.

What makes our product different?

At Quality of Life, we offer not one but three all-natural AHCC supplements that work together to improve overall immunity, increase the activity of certain white blood cells and give you energy. AHCC is manufactured through a patented process that reduces its molecular size to under 5,000 daltons, which increases absorption and efficacy.

Choose from our line of products that include AHCC Rx, AHCC Kinoko Gold and AHCC Kinoko Platinum. The only difference is that Kinoko Gold contains 500mg of AHCC per capsule while Kinoko Platinum contains 750mg of AHCC per capsule. If our stellar customer reviews still aren’t convincing you, you may be pleased to know our product won the NutrAward for Best New Product of the Year! Say “yes” to the power of shiitake.

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