Way back in 1998 I was diagnosed with cancer and as you can imagine, I took a lot of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and various other supplements to offset the conventional chemotherapy and radiation treatments. One of the more uncommon natural products I discovered was called AHCC.
AHCC stands for Active Hexose Correlated Compound and it is a blend of medicinal mushrooms developed in the 1980’s in Japan. AHCC does wonders for boosting the body’s immune system and anyone who’s gone through chemotherapy knows that the immune system needs all the help it can get!
Below, are a few AHCC testimonials I thought you might appreciate and of course more detailed information and the history of AHCC. There’s also a link to a very good book about AHCC that I would encourage you to share with those going through immune challenges.
What people are saying
The Best AHCC There Is
I have been using AHCC for more than 10 years and I love it, helps me control my blood sugars and I rarely get sick. I believe it has helped me build immunity. Would recommend this to anyone.
This Has Worked So Well For Many Years For Us!
My husband was diagnosed with bladder cancer over 7 years ago. We immediately went on the defensive, and information found at Pure Prescriptions was invaluable! During his treatment, we used 6 AHCC per day, among other therapies. He came through with flying colors! Despite being told that this cancer was a type that will recur in the bladder, he has had no reoccurrence. We attribute this to keeping up with a maintenance of 2 AHCC per day. Wonder mushrooms!
We use this product to help strengthen our immune system. Neither my husband or I have had colds or allergy problems in several years, my husband was also having trouble keeping his red blood cell count and hemoglobin numbers within a normal range due to some medication he was on and since taking AHCC regularly for several years he has had normal labs. We feel this is a direct relation to the AHCC.
What is ahcc?
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 do it all,” we would have to agree with both of those sentiments. AHCC is different, but does it do everything? No. Can taking it greatly enhance your health or the health of someone you care about? Most definitely!
Rooted in Eastern Tradition & Philosophy
Backed by Modern Science
Over 700 hospitals and medical centers worldwide recommend AHCC® as part of an ongoing immune enhancement program.*
AHCC® is our best selling immune boosting supplement at Pure Prescriptions. We are among the very first retailers to recognize the importance of AHCC and have been manufacturing AHCC since 2001.
Our customers report very favorable results while using AHCC. To view AHCC benefits, dosage information, have a look at the reviews for AHCC. Should you have any questions about how AHCC works on the immune system or using AHCC for a specific health concern, please give one of our vitamin and supplement professionals a call- they will be able to discuss AHCC in detail and share information.
AHCC®, the clinically proven immune booster, utilizes an organic blend of medicinal mushrooms including Shitake, all grown in Japan.* AHCC® has been shown to significantly increase immune response* by promoting enhanced macrophage and T-cell activity* and maintaining peak Natural Killer (NK) cell function.* With published research demonstrating AHCC’s ability to increase quality of life parameters for people with health challenges, it is no wonder over 700 hospitals and medical centers worldwide recommend AHCC® as part of an ongoing immune enhancement program.*
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What is Pure Prescriptions AHCC®?
AHCC® is the acronym for “Active Hexose Correlated Compound.” This dietary supplement is a hot water extraction obtained from the mycelia of hybridized Shitake mushroom grown in a base of rice bran. There are many steps in the patented profess of manufacturing AHCC®, including cultivation, enzymatic decomposition, sterilization, concentration, and freeze-drying. Pure Prescriptions has added trace minerals, which are necessary for energy production, protein synthesis and enzyme systems required by the immune system.
Who discovered AHCC®?
Dr. Toshihiko Okamoto from the University of Tokyo developed AHCC® in collaboration with researchers from the Amino Up Chemical Co., Ltd. in 1989. AHCC® is rooted in the Japanese tradition of preserving and using the Shitake, Maitake and other precious mushrooms to maintain health and longevity. The modern fermentation profess breaks down the high molecular weight mushroom constitutes into a smaller molecule that the body can absorb and utilize more easily (1,5).
What are the physiological effects of AHCC?
Human clinical research suggests that AHCC® may have the following effects on the human immune system function:
- Increases NK (natural killer) cell activity (6,7)
- Increase cytokine (IL-2 and IL-12) production (7)
- Increase CD4 + helper cells (3,7)
Are NK cells important? You bet!
NK (natural killer) cells are the “sentinels” of the immune system. They are a specialized group of cells that play a critical role in immune surveillance, protecting the body from foreign invaders on first exposure.
Is AHCC® Safe?
The safety profile of AHCC® has been established in three ways:
1) Through historical knowledge of the mushroom in the product which have been used as food since ancient times (3)
2) Through observation of its use ion hundreds of thousands of patients in hospitals and in clinical trials. No side effects have been observed (4)
3) Animal studies show very low toxic potential in both acute dose and long-term studies (3)
Where is AHCC manufactured?
AHCC® is produced at the Amino Up Chemical Corporation in Sapporo, Japan. It is manufactured under the superior HAACP-9000 quality control standards. All nutritional supplements in Japan are manufactured under the same guidelines as pharmaceutical drugs (2)
Are the ingredients organic?
The mushrooms used in Pure Prescriptions AHCC® are organically cultivated in Japan.
Can AHCC be used with other medications?
Yes. Research conducted in Japan has established that AHCC® can be used in conjunction with prescription drugs (5).
Is this product suitable for vegetarians?
Yes, AHCC® is a completely vegetarian product. It is encapsulated in V-Caps® made from plant cellulose.
Suggested Dosage For AHCC:
For the best results AHCC should be taken according to the following 2-step program, or as directed by your health care professional.
Step One: Take 6 capsules (3 grams) per day for a minimum of 2-4 weeks. This period can be extended to 3 months or longer if needed.
Step Two: Continued to take 2-6 capsules (1-3 grams) per day of AHCC to maintain immune system function.
AHCC can be taken with meals or between meals. Each capsule contains 500mg of AHCC and 1000 mg is equivalent to 1 gram.
1) Kenner, D. AHCC® The Japanese Medicinal Mushroom Immune Enhancer. Pleasant Grove, UT: Woodland Publishing; 2001
2) Personal Communication with Quality of Life Labs.
4) Matsui, Y.,J. Uhara, S. Satoi et al. 2002. Journal of Hepatology. 37:78-86
5) AHCC Research Summeries. Rye, NY: AHCC®
6) Ghoneum, M. 1995. Int. J. Immunotherapy. XI (1):23-28
7) AHCC® Research Summeries