Enhances Immune System
When your immunity is compromised, such as with an autoimmune disease, you need to support your immune system to defend against the attacks happening in your body.
You might be wondering how and why AHCC works in these situations. AHCC is recognized for turning up the dial on your natural immune response, to help you fight any threats to your health. Why would you want to turn up the activity level of an already overactive immune system?
This is a question that researchers set out to understand in a number of studies looking at various autoimmune diseases and AHCC. Specifically looking at what role the innate immune system has on autoimmune diseases - remember this is the fast-acting immune system.
Recent studies have shown that NK cells, while responsible for recognizing and destroying cells such as viruses and infections, are also responsible for regulating the autoimmune response. Dendritic cells have shown to be impacted by the work done by NK cells in your body. This can result in people who have an autoimmune disease having low levels and impaired function of their NK cells. This has been revealed in autoimmune thyroid disease, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other autoimmune diseases.
This is why we want to look closer at how we can stimulate these NK cells. While it is important to not over stimulate the body when we’re dealing with autoimmune disease, we do know that certain immunomodulators can have a positive impact in putting the autoimmune disease into remission.
As you know AHCC helps increase the response/amount of your NK cells and is known to have a positive impact on the immune system. Studies have shown that AHCC can increase NK cell activity to normal levels in people who have a depressed level of NK cells.
In looking specifically at autoimmune disease, AHCC was observed to deliver a protective effect in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetes, the standard animal model of type-1 diabetes. Treatment of rats with STZ led to increased blood glucose, decreased serum insulin, and an increase in serum aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase levels. Daily supplementation with AHCC for 1 week prior to and 2 weeks after STZ treatment significantly decreased or normalized STZ-induced changes in blood glucose, serum insulin, serum aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase levels.
To learn more about this research and other studies done to learn how AHCC can positively impact autoimmune disease, read our latest scientific research paper titled: Immune Modulator for Autoimmune Disease? In this article, we take a much deeper scientific look at how AHCC works in your body and how it can help you if you’re suffering from an autoimmune disease.
- Maintains optimal NK cell activity.* Natural killer (NK) cells are the immune system’s first line of defense.
- Enhances cytokine production.* Cytokines are chemical messengers that help white blood cells communicate and coordinate an immune response.
- Promotes optimal T cell and macrophage activity.* As part of the secondary immune response, T cells provide backup to NK cells. Macrophages engulf and ingest foreign particles and cellular debris.
- Increases the activity and number of dendritic cells.* Dendritic cells provide defense in tissues exposed to the exterior environment.
Many people turn to alternative and complementary therapies when dealing with immune challenges. Unfortunately, while plenty of nutritional supplements claim to have immune-boosting properties, very few compounds have undergone rigorous scientific research.
AHCC, an extract obtained from a hybridization of several subspecies of medicinal mushrooms. Supported by over 20 human clinical studies at respected medical institutions — including Yale Medical School, MD Anderson, UC Davis, and the Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital — AHCC is the world’s most researched specialty immune supplement.
- A highly effective immune modulator used in over 1, 000 medical clinics worldwide*
- Japan’s top-selling immune-supporting specialty dietary supplement*
- Known for safety, as demonstrated by in vivo safety studies and 20 years of use*
Take 2-4 vegicaps daily before meals or as directed by your healthcare professional.
Serving Size: 2 vegicaps
Amount Per Serving
AHCC™ proprietary blend ... 1.5g
Mycelia extract of hybridized basidiomycetes (Lentinula edodes) mushrooms (with acetylated alphar-glucans), candellia wax (place), dextrin (tapioca), cellulose (plant), alpha-cyclodextrin (vegetable)
Other Ingredients: vegetable cellulose, leucine