According to human and animal research, AHCC
(Active Hexose Correlated Compound) may significantly increase Natural
Killer (NK) Cell activity, increase macrophage activity, enhance cytokine
production, support healthy liver function, as well as act as an
antioxidant. Some scientific evidence suggests that consumption of selenium
and antioxidant vitamins may reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer.
However, the FDA has determined that this evidence is limited and not
a proprietary compound produced by cultivation and enzymatic modification of
several species of mushroom mycelia, including shiitake, grown
in rice bran extract. In more detail, AHCC is a mixture of
polysaccharides, amino acids, lipids and minerals derived from cocultured
mycelia of several species of Basidiomycete mushrooms.
mushrooms have been employed as herbal medicines for thousands of years in
Japan and China.
These mushrooms were some of the most effective, yet
benign, of the many plants that formed the Oriental herbal tradition.
Mycelia is a mushroom that lowers blood pressure and boosts energy. It
is a network of fine threadlike filaments that originates from the
germination of spores. Unlike green plants that convert sunlight into
energy, mushroom mycelia derive their nutrients from dead organic matter,
recycling this material into humus. The mycelia spread throughout a nutrient
base or substrate, amassing nutrients. When environmental conditions are
right, the mycelia use these nutrients to produce mushrooms. At this point
the cycle is complete and a new generation of mushrooms spread spores into
the environment. While we can readily observe mushrooms, the mycelia stay
hidden within the nutrient base materials.
shiitake mushroom is a long known Asian vegetable of longevity. It
consists of a compound called lentinan which boosts your immune
system and strengthens its ability to fight infections. Shiitake is more
effective than prescription drugs against influenza viruses and even
improves the immune condition of HIV infected persons.