This dietary supplement has been formulated to offer the benefits of AHCC (Active Hexose Correlated Compound), a rare compound developed by Japanese scientists. It is obtained by fermenting an extract of a mushroom popular in Asia and Europe called shiitake (Lentinus edodes). Interest in the health benefits of this mushroom is far from recent however – it has been used for many years in traditional Asian medicine. The result of considerable research, AHCC offers the benefits of a combination of different active principles with immune-stimulant and anti-tumour properties.
What are the benefits of AHCC?
Since it was developed and its therapeutic virtues revealed, AHCC has been used by many thousands of people, its use supported by studies conducted in over 30 university research institutes and 700 hospitals in Japan and across the world.
- Among the active principles in AHCC are the derivatives alpha-glucan and beta-glucan, polysaccharides recognised for their immune-stimulant effects. They boost the immune system by stimulating the activity of various groups of white cells including NK (natural killer) cells, recognised as the body's first line of defence against attack.
- The active principles in AHCC also increase concentrations of T and B lymphocytes, white blood cells which act in a specific way against pathogens. These immune-stimulant effects therefore make this fermented shiitake extract a valuable aid in the prevention of various diseases.
- The immune-stimulant properties of AHCC, demonstrated in in vitro and clinical studies, have rapidly attracted the interest of the scientific community for their potential to fight certain cancers. There is a particular focus on AHCC's stimulant effect on NK cells as they are such a vital line of defence against cancer cells.
- Part of the immediate innate immune response, NK lymphocytes are able to recognise and destroy tumour cells within a few hours. Suffice to say that AHCC's stimulation of these ‘killer cells' paves the way for promising new therapeutic perspectives in the fight against cancer!
In order to offer a high-quality immune-stimulant supplement, shiitake extracts standardised to 60% AHCC are obtained in a laboratory in accordance with GMP and ISO 9100 & 22000 standards, and delivered in capsules containing an optimal 500mg, with a suggested dose of one to two capsules a day. This dose can be adapted to individual needs and the advice of your therapist. For optimal efficacy, AHCC's beneficial effects can be complemented by other natural active principles such as , a powerful antioxidant with immune-stimulant properties. The formulation is also a valuable aid with its exceptional antioxidant content, while the patented product can help prevent mutations to DNA.
CompositionAHCC 500 mg
|Daily dose: 2 Caspusles
Number of doses per pack: 30
|Shiitake mushroom (Lentinus edodes) root extract (containing AHCC).
||1 000 mg|
|Other ingredients :Acacia gum.|
Directions for useAHCC 500 mg
Take one to two capsules a day, or as recommended by your health practitioner.
Radix Panax Ginseng grows primarily in East Asia. Traditionally, the root is used for boosting energy and natural defences, for increasing physical and mental performance, as a general tonic for fatigue and as an aid to overcoming stress.
What are the benefits associated with Ginseng?
Ginseng has been used for centuries in traditional Eastern medicine to replenish and restore the body's natural reserves as well as to support sexual health. Its Latin name ‘Panax' actually means ‘panacea'. Korean ginseng , like schisandra, is known in the West as an “adaptogen” rather than a ”stimulant”: in a general, non-specific way, these herbs increase the body's resistance to various sources of stress (physical, chemical or biological) and to stressful situations.
Taking ginseng thus helps the body adapt to active, modern life, by generally boosting resistance and increasing physical, mental and cognitive ability. With a regulating effect on certain organs (in particular, the hypothalamic-pituitary axis and adrenal glands) and on multiple physiological functions - while not over-stimulating or restricting normal functions - ginseng acts as a general tonic without producing any ‘rebound' effect. It is particularly beneficial for the central nervous, immune and cardiovascular systems, for neuro-endocrinological function and for the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats.
Radix Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer is the only ginseng registered in the pharmacopaeia. Its mechanisms of action are by no means fully understood but its therapeutic effects have been attributed to its active principles, ginsenosides. These act via different pathways and it is thought each may have its own tissue-specific effects. Ginseng's ginsenoside content varies according to the plant species, age, part of the plant used, time of harvest and method of preservation and extraction.
What do studies show about Ginseng?
To date, around 40 known active ginsenosides have been identified. This new standardisation, highly concentrated in ginsenosides (30%), offers a more wide-ranging and comprehensive action:
- The scientific literature has highlighted its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity, more specifically in the brain, attributing these effects to gut bacteria which enable ginsenoside absorption into the bloodstream and lymphatics for onward distribution to tissues. Researchers have concluded that such diseases as Alzheimer's, which are primarily caused by cell death due to chronic inflammation and oxidative stress, could be controlled by appropriate, non-toxic doses of certain ginsenosides.
- In addition, a number of studies have demonstrated that ginsenosides may modify neurotransmissions in the brain by affecting the release and reabsorption of acetylcholine and the number of choline absorption sites, particularly in the hippocampus and cortex. Ginsenosides thus affect memory and learning function and some of them may even be classed as nootropics.
- Supplementing with this extract also helps the body increase its production of nitric oxide. This vasodilator effect, in addition to its benefits for cardiovascular health, also helps combat erectile dysfunction in certain cases, as demonstrated by a study conducted at the University of Ulsan in South Korea.
- It has also been shown that some ginsenosides can improve insulin sensitivity in cells, an important parameter in all diabetics (or pre-diabetics).
- Furthermore, supplementation with Radix Panax ginseng improves immune system function by increasing phagocytosis, NK (Natural Killer) activity and interferon production.
- Other studies, conducted in 2007 at Hong Kong University's Faculty of Science, have reported anti-tumour and anti-angiogenesis activity by ginsenosides. Angiogenesis is associated with many pathological conditions including tumour progression and cardiovascular dysfunction.
With its high ginsenoside concentration, this Panax ginseng extract therefore acts on a number of parameters of overall health and well-being. Supplementation is recommended several times a year for periods of three weeks to a month, at a dose of two to four capsules a day. Taking Panax ginseng can be alternated with other dietary supplements that support the body's general well-being. Extract of , for example, is a fungus renowned in Asia for its revitalising effects. You can benefit from the positive effects of pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) in the supplement .
|Daily dose: 4 capsules
Number of doses per pack: 15
|Amount per dose
|Extract of Radix Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer standardised to 30% ginsenosides
||2 000 mg
|Other ingredients: magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide, maltodextrin.
Directions for useGinseng 30%
Adults. Take 2 to 4 capsules a day.
Each capsule contains 500 mg of Ginseng extract.
Seek advice from your therapist if you are taking anticoagulants (risk of decreased INR), MAOIs (risk of insomnia and headaches) or hypoglycaemic medication (risk of hypoglycaemia).