A Japanese mushroom extract could be effective for the eradication of human papillomavirus (HPV), researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
For the study, 10 HPV-positive women were treated orally with the extract, AHCC (active hexose correlated compound) once daily for up to six months. Five achieved a negative HPV test result – three with confirmed eradication after stopping AHCC – with the remaining two responders continuing on the study.
AHCC is a readily available nutritional supplement that works to improve the innate immune system. Human and preclinical studies have shown that AHCC increases the number and/or activity of Natural Killer (NK) cells, dendritic cells and cytokines, which help the body fight off infections and block tumour growth.
Lead investigator Judith Smith said: “The results are very encouraging. We were able to determine that at least three months of treatment in our phase II clinical study to have consistent study treatment plan. This confirms our earlier preclinical research.”