How to Use AHCC® and Know That It Is Working
It isn’t always obvious whether your supplement is having the effect you intended. Often it takes several weeks of regular use to make any changes in the body and even then, you might not notice a physical difference.
How Do You Know If AHCC® Is Having An Impact?
Before starting a new supplement or nutrition plan, it can be helpful to monitor and record your health status. You can do this simply by evaluating simple measures like:
- Your energy on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being very energetic, 1 being no energy at all) or;
- Number of days out of the last month you felt symptoms of a cold or flu? (sore throat, runny nose, fever, chills, weakness, and fatigue, etc.).
Depending on your intended use of AHCC®, whether you are using it therapeutically to help treat cancers and fight infections like HPV, or preventatively as general immune support, you may be able to use lab results to evaluate outcomes.
If you tested HPV positive before supplementing with AHCC®, your gynecologist will likely retest you after several months to see if the virus is still active.
The clinical research on AHCC® and HPV has found a 50% clearance of HPV in patients with persistent high-risk HPV infections after 3-8 months of taking AHCC®. Once you test negative, there is still a chance of HPV symptoms to rear their heads once again, so it is important to continue to support your immune system with lifestyle factors and supplements like AHCC®.
When supplementing with AHCC®, it is important to take the right amount. If you are taking too little AHCC®, you may not reap the benefits. Clinical research has mostly evaluated AHCC® in doses of 1, 3 and 6 grams, with higher doses have a stronger effect and used for more chronic conditions.
Here is a breakdown of how to supplement AHCC® depending on your health status:
|Dose: 3-6 grams per day 2-4 x 500 mg capsules taken 3 times a day on an empty stomach.||Dose: 1-3 grams per day 2 x 500 mg capsules once or twice daily on an empty stomach|
|Duration: 3- 6 months and then reduced to 1-3 grams a day.||Duration: at least 3 months.|
For HPV, better results are obtained if AHCC® is taken while mitigating nutrient deficiencies that allow HPV to persist. Studies have shown that deficiencies in carotenoids, folate, vitamin C, vitamin E, and selenium are correlated with persistent HPV infections. Supplementing with PapillexTM corrects these nutrient deficiencies that found to be low or missing in those with persistent HPV infections.
How to Source AHCC?
The source and quality are important in the effectiveness of the supplement. There several sources for purchasing AHCC®. However, the clinically researched product is only manufactured by one company, Amino Up Chemical Co LTD. under a strict, proprietary production method and culturing system. If the AHCC® does not include the trademark (TM) or registered trademark (R) symbol next to the term “AHCC”, it is not the clinically researched form of AHCC®.
Some supplement companies sell fake AHCC® by spelling out the full name of the compound – Active Hexose Correlated Compound. This implies that their ingredient is not the one included in current clinical research trials and does not contain acetylated alpha-glucans found to have potent immune modulating effects.
Several nutritional and herbal supplements can help support the immune system. What makes AHCC® different is its unique chemical structure of acetylated alpha-glucans that make it more digestible and absorbable. AHCC® has also undergone extensive research, finding consistent immune-modulating effects.
Other medicinal mushrooms including reishi, maitake, and chaga have also been found to improve immune responses. Astragalus, echinacea, garlic, goldenseal, and probiotics also help support the immune system as well as vitamins C, D, and E and zinc. These compounds can also be supplemented alongside AHCC® for a combined effect.
The immune system is multifaceted and complex. AHCC® can help enhance and strengthen the immune system. But supplements alone will not protect against illness and disease. It is important to incorporate changes in lifestyle habits and other factors essential in maintaining optimal health including:
- Regular exercise: Exercise plays an important role in immunity by raising levels of infection-fighting white blood cells. Aim for at least 30 minutes of brisk walking 5 times a week.
- Eating a nutrient-dense diet: A diet rich in micronutrients and antioxidants helps build the foundations of our immune system and reduces inflammation. The greater the variety of plant-based foods in your diet, the better.
- Managing stress: Stress both stimulates and depresses the immune system leading to greater susceptibility to infection and autoimmune conditions. Daily practices like meditation, exercise, yoga, and breathwork can help manage stressors.
- Building community: Having healthy relationships and a supportive network helps manage emotional stress and has been found to strengthen the immune system compared to people who feel alone.
- Getting adequate sleep: During sleep, the immune response gets activated by the sleep hormone melatonin, signaling it to clear out invaders. Lack of sleep increases the stress hormone cortisol, contributing to inflammation. Aim for 7-8 hours of quality sleep per night.
Small Changes, Big Impact
It is never too late to start focusing on your immune health and improving your wellbeing. Start small. Every little habit change has the power to add up to a bigger impact. If you do feel your immune system is weak, consider supplementing with an immune support.
If you’d like to purchase the real AHCC® you can head to our dedicated AHCC® product page to complete your purchase 🙂