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Quality of Life: AHCC

December 03, 2020

Quality of Life: AHCC

When it comes to supplements, you are not looking to settle. It is your body after all, and you want to know that the supplements you put into your body are safe, effective, and of the highest quality. 

No supplement brand is more committed to providing its customers with budget-conscious, clinically-proven ingredients than Quality of Life.

This promise of quality is especially true of Quality of Life AHCC supplements: Rx, Kinoko Gold, and Kinoko Platinum, at least one of which can help meet your needs and expectations for immune support.* 

Immune health is more important than ever before, and Quality of Life's AHCC supplements are here to give your body the extra support it needs to stay strong and healthy.*

 All About Quality of Life

Quality of Life is not your average supplement brand. The functional word here is quality, as everything we offer, from our customer service to our premier ingredients, are of the highest quality there is. 

We were founded in 1998 with the express goal to provide our customers with a wide variety of condition specific supplements. We are also committed to using unique, nutraceutical, high-quality ingredients, while still remaining budget-friendly. 

Plus, we are always keeping track of the latest developments and research in the world of supplements so that we can make sure our products are as up to date as possible. 

We take immense pride in being the only supplement brand in our entire industry that can truthfully make the following guarantee: 

“Every single ingredient in every one of our products is backed by human studies and delivered in dosages consistent with clinical research.”

We are committed to our customers’ health and wellbeing, which is why we use clinical research as our guide to providing you with the safest and most efficient dosages and ingredients for your body.* 

Finally, all of our products are dairy-free, gluten-free, GMO-free, magnesium stearate-free, vegetarian, and packaged in the U.S. We are committed to accommodating people with food sensitivities, because everyone deserves access to tools that will support their health.

We are especially proud of our AHCC supplements, so keep reading more to find out what AHCC offers the body, and why Quality of Life AHCC supplements are the best option for you. 

All About AHCC

AHCC is one of the world’s most researched specialty immune supplements. It is derived from healing mushrooms that double as functional food, meaning they have benefits for the body beyond their nutritional composition. The primary function of AHCC is to support better immune health. 

AHCC was first discovered in 1987 by Dr. Toshihiko Okamoto at the Japanese company Amino Up Chemical Co., Ltd. It is made from a blend of shiitake mushrooms and several hybrids, which are cultured in rice bran extract (which has many immune enhancing qualities) and formed into a colony. Once this colony is cultivated, decomposed, sterilized, concentrated, and freeze-dried, it appears in its final form as the powerful immune and functional supplement AHCC. 

The immune system is one of the most important components of the body, and you would not be able to function at your best without a healthy immune response. When your body is faced with an unwanted invader, the immune system fights to get you back to your best as soon as possible. 

The immune system also protects your body in the long-term, keeping your body strong and healthy. Too active an immune system and it may attack itself by mistake. On the flip side, an underactive immune system leaves you vulnerable to outside attack. You need your immune response to find that perfect healthy balance in between. 

The immune system is actually composed of two immune responses: innate and adaptive. The innate immune system is the first-responder to an unknown invader. Its workers identify and launch a non-specific attack against a threat, while keeping open communication with the other parts of the immune system. The adaptive immune system can then prepare a more targeted, specific response to help fight off the invader for good.

For immune function to be at its best, these two parts need to be equally strong and work in perfect synergy. An issue in the innate immune system will make it harder for the adaptive immune system to do its job, and vice versa. AHCC modulates both immune systems and enhances the components within them so that your immune system has an easier time to help protect your body.*

Here are the key components of the immune system that AHCC promotes:* 

 Macrophages 

Macrophages are a part of the innate immune response. These special white blood cells are responsible for detecting bacteria, harmful organisms, and cellular debris. Once detected, the macrophages will engulf, ingest, or otherwise destroy these foreign bodies. Consider them as little immunity blobs that circulate throughout the body and dispose of anything they find to be foreign, harmful, or otherwise unnecessary. 

Macrophages also present T cells, an important part of the adaptive immune response (see more below) with foreign substances, otherwise known as antigens. Finally, they are responsible for releasing cytokines and therefore enabling inflammation, a necessary and healthy part of the immune response. 

AHCC promotes optimal macrophage activity.*

Dendritic Cells

Dendritic cells are tree-like white blood cells that belong to the innate immune response. Using their arm-like branches, dendritic cells are made to capture and process foreign entities, later presenting them to white blood cells (such as B and T cells) that make up the adaptive immune response. 

This processing and presenting done by dendritic cells helps allow for the adaptive immune response to even occur, and so dendritic cells are the bridge between the two immune systems. Just a single mature dendritic cell can stimulate anywhere from 100 to 3000 T cells, an impressive feat. 

AHCC increases the number and activity of dendritic cells.* 

Natural Killer (NK) Cells

NK cells are white blood cells within the innate immune system. Somewhat similar to macrophages, they are involved in the elimination of foreign substances. Their method of destruction is quite different, however: NK cells inject abnormal cells with granules that will eventually cause them to explode.

Healthy cells are able to express a receptor called MHC 1, which signals to the NK cells that they are normal and belong in the body. Abnormal cells are typically unable to express the MHC 1 receptor which gives them away to NK cells as intruders/harmful cells. 

White blood cell numbers are key to your health and need to be regulated. Counts that are too high or too low signify a deficiency in the immune response. 

AHCC maintains optimal NK cell activity and promotes overall white blood cell production to lessen the risk of immune system complications.* 

Cytokines

Cytokines are chemical messengers within the innate immune response. These molecules allow for all immune cells to communicate amongst each other. Cytokines also help coordinate the initial immune response. 

AHCC enhances cytokine production.* 

T Cells 

T cells are lymphocytes that belong to the adaptive immune response. Otherwise known as memory cells, these cells’ main job is to recognize previous invaders and coordinate more targeted and specific attacks against them than the innate immune system can manage. 

AHCC promotes optimal T cell activity.* 

As demonstrated, AHCC offers immense support to both the innate and adaptive immune responses, and overall strengthens and promotes better immune health.* 


Quality of Life AHCC Supplements

Whether you are healthy and just looking for an immune boost, or you are struggling and want better support for your immune system, AHCC has many benefits for you, and Quality of Life AHCC supplements are simply the best available for a variety of reasons.*

Firstly, our AHCC supplements are safe and immunomodulating.* In addition to the benefits listed above, Quality of Life AHCC offers better immune system performance (including early activation of the immune response), and higher white blood cell activity and energy.* It also has strong soothing properties in the digestive system, which plays a crucial role in immune health.* 

Quality of Life AHCC supplements feature premier, high-quality ingredients. They are rich in alpha glucans and have a low molecular weight of 5000 daltons, both of which contribute to the supplements having better absorption and efficacy.* This is not to be understated, as there is no point of taking a supplement if it cannot be efficiently absorbed and utilized by the body.

There are three different kinds of AHCC supplements on offer by Quality of Life:

  • AHCC Kinoko Gold: 500 mg per vegicap
  • AHCC Kinoko Platinum: 750 mg per vegicap
  • AHCC Rx: 300 mg per capsule. Please note: the AHCC in this supplement has a higher potency than the others. 300 mg of AHCC Rx is the equivalent of 500 mg of regular AHCC. 

Outside of their concentrations of AHCC, all three supplements offer the same benefits to your immune health.* If you are not sure what dose/dosage is right for you, consult with your doctor or healthcare provider. For any other questions, please contact a member of our staff. 


In Conclusion 

Quality of Life is committed to providing you with safe, efficient, high-quality and clinically-proven supplements. 

Our AHCC supplements support your innate and adaptive immune health and performance, giving your body the support it needs to stay healthy.* 



Sources

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-to-boost-your-immune-system

https://www.news-medical.net/health/What-are-Cytokines.aspx

https://www.immunology.org/public-information/bitesized-immunology/cells/natural-killer-cells

https://www.immunology.org/public-information/bitesized-immunology/cells/macrophages#:~:text=Macrophages%20are%20specialised%20cells%20involved,cytokines)%20that%20activate%20other%20cells.



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