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Episode#4: Which Nutritional Supplement Works Against Influenza and Cancer?

  • Influenza is known to cause 3 -5 million cases of severe illness and 250,000 - 5000,000 deaths per annum. 
  • Cancer is also a leading cause of death. In 2012, there were 14 million new cases and 8.2 million cancer related deaths.  Unfortunately, the total number of new cancers are increasing worldwide.

Did you know there's a nutritional supplement that's effective against influenza and cancer?

In Episode #5 I review the use of short-term supplementation with active hexose correlated compound (AHCC) and it's role in influenza infection. AHCC is an extract from a Basidiomycete mushroom. It's also been found effective against a range of cancers. How does it work, what does the research show? Listen in and find out how AHCC and other mushroom-based neutraceuticals can help your immune system.

The active ingredient in AHCC is from the shiitake mushroom, Lentinus edodes

The active ingredient in AHCC is from the shiitake mushroom, Lentinus edodes shown above.

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Nogusa, S., Gerbion, J. And Ritz, B.W. (2009). Low-dose supplementation with active hexose correlated compound improves the immune response to acute influenza infection in C57BL/6 mice. Nutrition Research. 29: 139-143. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0271531709000165?via%3Dihub

Roman, B.E., Beli, E., Duriancik, D.M. and Gardner, E.M. (2013). Short-term supplementation with active hexose correlated compound improves the antibody response to influenza B vaccine. Nutrition Research. 12-17. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S027153171200228X?via%3Dihub

Vetvicka, V. And Vetvickova, J. (2014). Immune-enhancing effects of mistake (Grifola fronds) and Shiitake (lentinufa erodes) extracts. Annals of Transalational Medicine. 2(20): 14.http://atm.amegroups.com/article/view/3394

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