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									                                     Health Benefits of Mushrooms

                                     Mushrooms are gaining new respect from nutritionists and
                                     medical doctors, as scientists discover that mushrooms may
                                     help fight any number of ailments from high blood pressure
                                     to infections and even cancer. After more than 15 years of
                                     research, Americans finally have access to a mushroom
                                     compound called AHCC, which was once available only in
                                     Japan and has been used extensively by Japanese hospitals
                                     and medical clinics since its development in the mid-1980s
                                     as a safe, natural way to help support the immune system.

AHCC (which stands for Active Hexose Correlated Compound) is obtained from a hybridization
of several species of medicinal mushrooms (including Shiitake), all organically cultivated in
Japan. After extensive clinical research and significant evidence supporting its effectiveness,
AHCC is gaining mainstream acceptance in the United States.

“The studies have been quite amazing,” comments Fred Pescatore, M.D., M.P.H., who has
recommended AHCC adjunct therapy for many of his patients. “It has been shown to work well
in patients with cancer, hepatitis, compromised immune systems and liver disease.

The body’s immune system works in part by detecting and eliminating foreign cells. For people
with healthy immune systems, viruses, bacteria and abnormal cells are routinely found and
destroyed before any damage is done, often before the person ever feels sick. AHCC has been
shown in clinical studies to safely and naturally support a healthy immune response by activating
and increasing the number of certain types of immune cells, and triggering related immune
reactions in the body.

The excitement among scientists is growing as research progresses. United States clinical trials
are underway at the More-house School of Medicine and Yale University. These studies follow a
number of previous studies conducted by prestigious Japanese universities.

After one such study, a human clinical study of liver cancer patients conducted at the Kansai
Medical University in Osaka, Japan and published in the July 2002 Journal of Hepatology1,
researchers noted that “AHCC intake resulted in improved liver function, the prevention of
recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and the prolonged survival of postoperative HCC
patients without any adverse effect.”

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