Humans have always had a fascination with mushrooms. From ancient shamans to modern scientists studying mental health and medicine, the use of mushrooms to alter minds or heal illness has been mentioned in historical and cultural references for centuries. Mushrooms have existed on earth for millions of years. Out of five million species, 270 species of fungi or mushrooms are classified with medicinal properties.
In Japan and China, certain mushrooms and tree fungi have regularly been used for their medicinal benefits. Today mushrooms including reishi, maitake, turkey tail, cordyceps, lion’s mane, and shiitake are recognized for their beneficial role as functional foods.
AHCC® is a standardized extract of cultured Lentinula edodes mushroom mycelia (the roots). Certain species of mushrooms contain elements called polysaccharides that demonstrate a beneficial effect on immune cells in test tube models. Due to their high molecular weight, the human body does not efficiently absorb these polysaccharides.
A Japanese lab successfully produced AHCC and introduced it in 1987 by using a patented process to reduce the molecular size of these polysaccharides. Several types of mycelia are cultured in a large holding tank for up to 60 days. Then it is subjected to enzyme reaction, sterilization, and freeze-drying in the production process.
AHCC supports healthy immune response and function.* It stimulates the production of cytokines, an immune signaling molecule; and, serves as a gatekeeper to optimize white blood cell activity and fight infection at the cellular level.*
Available to the public in China and Japan without a prescription, AHCC is classified as a functional food and protector of the immune system. Many people use it for general health maintenance and to treat acute infections. It is the second most popular complementary and alternative medicine used by those in Japan who are undergoing chemotherapy treatments.
Backed by more than 30 human clinical studies and adopted for use in health clinics worldwide, AHCC is one of the most researched specialty immune supplements. It has been studied at highly respected institutions including Yale Medical School, MD Anderson, and the University of California at Davis.
QOL received the NutrAward for Best New Product of the Year for AHCC, a testament to the research and proven efficacy of this immune support product.
AHCC is anti-inflammatory and activates the immune system.* For healthy individuals, AHCC appears helpful for health maintenance, to prevent infection, and to maintain a normal immune response.* This is noteworthy during cold and flu season and in high-risk locations.
Further, this supplement supports cardiovascular health, appears to reduce oxidative tissue damage from stress, improved blood glucose levels in a small diabetes study, and showed enzyme improvement for patients suffering from liver ailments.*
Kinoko® Platinum AHCC significantly boosts peak natural killer (NK) cell activity by 300 to 800 percent, the immune system’s first line of defense.* Clinical trials demonstrate that AHCC successfully modifies immune response by increasing cytokine, T-cell, and macrophage production, and growing the dendritic cell population.* As a biological response modifier, AHCC amps up the natural immune response, so threats from infection are effectively challenged.*
Kinoko Platinum AHCC is delivered in such a concentrated form, just four vegicaps comprises a daily therapeutic dosage. This can strengthen immunity naturally and efficiently.* Mother Nature would approve!
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