A pre-clinical research has shown that an extract from shiitake mushrooms called Active Hexose Correlated Compound (AHCC), can kill the human papillomavirus (HPV).
A study by Dr. Judith A. Smith, Pharm.D., an associate professor in the department of gynecologic oncology and reproductive medicine at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, also revealed that AHCC lowered the growth rate of ovarian tumor.
What Is AHCC?
AHCC is a natural nutritional supplement gotten from a part of the shiitake mushroom. It is currently used in combination with other nutritional ingredients in supplement products to boost immunity. According to Smith, AHCC has been used in more than 1,000 medical clinics and hospitals worldwide. Two recent human clinical studies have shown that AHCC taken in conjunction with the flu shot increased antibody titers more than the vaccine alone in healthy adults.
AHCC Effective in Mice
Smith treated cervical cancer cells with AHCC and incubated them for 72 hours, sampling them every 24 hours for the research. She also gave doses of AHCC to mice that were positive and negative for HPV.
After the dosage, the mice with HPV were cured after receiving a daily dose of AHCC for 90 days, and the virus did not return for 30 days after treatment stopped. To authenticate her discovery, Smith repeated the experiment examining immune markers to pinpoint how AHCC eliminated HPV.
Human and animal studies have indicated that AHCC increases the number and activity of natural killer cells called dendritic cells and cytokines. These cells allow the body to respond to infections and block tumor growth, Smith says.
From the study of Smith, it shows that AHCC can get rid of HPV and also help prevent HPV-related cancers.
Smith is currently carrying out another study on women with HPV to see how long the treatment should continue in order to produce effective results.
Is AHCC a Cure for HPV?
Smith said that the experiment was a success, but that more trials are required to see if it’s truly effective in humans. She said that AHCC does not produce the side effects found in other HPV treatments.
The compound is being used and is on the market, but it remains uncertain what doses are most effective for treating HPV.
“Formal dose finding studies have not been completed yet, but based on my experience with nutritional supplements, we cannot assume more is better,” Smith said.
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Smith advices people to consult their doctors before using any nutritional supplements, adding that it is likely a good idea to take AHCC to support your immune health.
The research was presented at the Society of Gynecological Oncology’s recent meeting in Tampa, Florida.