AHCC® by Papillex, uses extracts of mushrooms from the Basidiomycete family, particularly the mycelium of Lentinula edodes, more commonly known as Shiitake mushrooms. The glucans are the parts of these mushrooms that are responsible for its efficacy in boosting the immune system to fight viruses.¹
Research on AHCC® shows that it primarily works on improving the innate immune system, or the part of your immune system that you are born with. Studies show that it can actually increase the number of readily available players of your immune system: natural killer cells, dendritic cells, and cytokines.³
These are of utmost importance for the immune system to respond to infections and tumour growth.
¹Morales, Diego, et al. “Isolation and comparison of α-and β-D-glucans from shiitake mushrooms (Lentinula edodes) with different biological activities.” Carbohydrate polymers 229 (2020): 115521.
³Terakawa, Naoyoshi, et al. “Immunological effect of active hexose correlated compound (AHCC) in healthy volunteers: a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.” Nutrition and cancer 60.5 (2008): 643-651.