American Cancer Patients Turn To Japanese Mushrooms

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RYE, N.Y., April 13, 2001 — Many American cancer patients are now turning to Japanese medicinal mushrooms to improve their quality of life. Taken as a nutritional supplement to boost the immune system, Active Hexose Correlated Compound (AHCC®) is finding its way to the U.S. after 14 years of extensive use in Japanese hospitals and medical clinics.

“AHCC is increasingly being used in my clinical practice and many others as an efficacious nutritional supplement for those with cancer, hepatitis and other ailments involving immune dysfunction,” said Fred Pescatore, M.D., M.P.H., of the Centers For Integrative and Complementary Medicine, and medical director for the AHCC Research Association. “The many clinical studies performed in Japan on this supplement indicate that it increases critical immune parameters such as Natural Killer Cells, Killer T-Cells and macrophages. When this happens, a patient’s immune system improves and a higher quality of life is achieved.”

AHCC is derived from a highly specialized manufacturing process developed in the mid-1980s that relies on the hybridization of several species of mushrooms cultivated in Japan.

According to industry analysts in Japan, currently over 700 hospitals and medical clinics recommend AHCC to patients in that country as part of an immune support regimen, creating a $150 million (USD) industry. This has led to 35,000 individuals worldwide using the nutritional supplement on a monthly basis with American cancer patients just now starting to realize AHCC’s benefits.

“I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1995 and was told that I had only two more years to live,” said 60 year-old Ted Taylor of Carmichael, CA. “Following chemotherapy, my physician recommended AHCC as a way to make my immune system stronger. Since then I’ve taken AHCC every day. I have hardly been ill. My energy levels seem to be up, and my overall wellness is better than before the cancer.”

In the 14 years since AHCC’s introduction to the market, it has been the subject of many clinical studies, most of which have been conducted in Japan. However, several studies are slated for 2001 in the U.S. at institutions, one in particular at the University of California, Davis. Additionally, the recent formation of the AHCC Research Association will serve as a catalyst to encourage more studies in North America, as well as patient education about the benefits of the nutritional supplement.

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