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Why AHCC® is More Than Just Mushroom Extract


Mushrooms come in different shapes, sizes, and color, and depending on what variety, they also happen to be nutritious and tasty. These are your shiitake, portobello, crimini, maitake, and oyster mushrooms to name a few.

However, being part of a meal is not what mushrooms are fully capable of. In fact, mushrooms have been used in medicine even before people learned how to make the first drugs and tablets.

According to science, some mushrooms can help you become healthier in certain areas. Here are just some of the possible benefits of eating mushrooms.


Mushrooms are rich in selenium, a mineral known to help the body produce more glutathione. Glutathione is our most abundant antioxidant and is the body’s first line of defense against free radical damage. And the truth is, mushrooms are the best source of selenium when it comes to produce.

Vitamins and Minerals

Most mushrooms are rich in B vitamins such as niacin, riboflavin, and pantothenic acid. B vitamins do a lot for the body, ranging from energy metabolism and heart health to a healthier digestive system. Pantothenic acid is also really good for the nervous system and hormonal health.

Mushrooms also contain copper and potassium. Copper is responsible for helping the body produce more red blood cells and potassium promotes an overall healthy cardiovascular health, especially with blood pressure management.

Copper is also a stable mineral as you can still get about ⅓ of the recommended amount of copper per day even after you cook mushrooms. If you’re not a fan of bananas for potassium (for some reason!), ⅔ of Portobello mushroom can get you the same amount of potassium as a medium-sized banana.

Beta Glucan

Beta Glucan is a type of soluble dietary fiber. Soluble fibers have been cited to help improve blood markers associated with heart disease and other complications. The best mushrooms for beta glucans are oyster and shiitake mushrooms.

Mushrooms are healthy and delicious, but it’s not exactly something you can eat every day. Not to mention it’s not really that affordable either.

Regardless of the reason why you can’t eat mushrooms, there’s still a way and it’s in the form of supplementation.

Why we use AHCC®

Because of the beneficial effects of mushroom extracts on our overall health and immunity, we decided to formulate a specific group of immune-strengthening supplements that highlights the potency of mushroom extracts. * 

However, we didn’t just use any other generic mushroom extract. We used a substance concentrated from a specific species of mushrooms called AHCC®.

AHCC® is known to function mainly as an antioxidant and has been cited to help stimulate the immune system to increase our natural defense against invading organisms. *

In a 2019 review headed by scientists from Yale University, they cited how AHCC® helped live subjects produce more antibodies to defend against foreign invaders

A study in 2009 confirmed the immunity benefits of taking low-dose AHCC®, with higher doses reflecting better immune responses.

Other studies reflect similar beneficial effects on the immune system, particularly on how AHCC® improves immune-cell activity such as NK cells, T-cells, and macrophages.

Due to the immune benefits you can potentially get from taking AHCC®, we made it the core of our special line of mushroom-based immunity products.


AHCC® Rx contains 600 mg of a more potent form of AHCC® called AHCC® FD. For context, a 300 mg softgel is equivalent to a 500 mg capsule of our regular AHCC® products. This makes AHCC® Rx the best when it comes to overall potency and effect.

AHCC® Kinoko Gold and AHCC® Kinoko Platinum

Both AHCC® Kinoko Gold and AHCC® Kinoko Platinum make use of the same raw materials. The only prime difference is the serving size. AHCC® Kinoko Gold has 500 mg per capsule while AHCC® Kinoko Platinum has 750 mg per capsule.

One is not necessarily better than the other. The purpose of offering three different products based on AHCC®’s immune strengthening benefits is to simply provide our consumers variety and flexibility that can naturally fit into their healthy lifestyles.

The Takeaway

Mushrooms are more than just an ingredient used to enhance the flavor and appearance of a meal. They contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help the body maintain optimal function and health. Among the best of them is the AHCC®, low-molecular weight medicinal mushroom extract with plenty of clinical studies to back up its immune-strengthening claims. *

AHCC® is at the center of our three AHCC®-based immunity products AHCC® Rx, AHCC® Kinoko Gold, and AHCC® Kinoko Platinum. *

Regardless of which product you choose, you are sure to get nothing, but high quality and high potency AHCC® for your immunity in every serving.

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