Here’s the question all my friends and family are asking me: What supplement fights the coronavirus?
I’m telling them to consider taking active hexose correlated compound (AHCC). It’s an extract from a species in the mushroom class called basidiomycetes. Shiitakes are one example.
In recent years, a growing body of research has found that AHCC is a power immune booster.
Science shows the compound:
- Strengthens immunity. Researchers from Japan’s Kansai Medical University gave subjects either an AHCC supplement or a placebo every day. After four weeks, the AHCC group had a significantly greater increase in dendritic cells. These are key cells that your immune system uses to defend you against viruses.[i]
- Fights flu. A study in the journal Nutrition Research looked at flu-infected mice. Researchers gave some of them AHCC. Animals that got a daily dose of the compound had less severe flu. It worked in a dose-dependent manner. The more of the supplement they got, the better their immune response to the flu.[ii]
AHCC has not been tested directly against coronavirus because the epidemic is too new. But it’s logical to believe that if it strengthens your immune system and it stops the flu virus, it may also help your body fight off the coronavirus.
AHCC supplements are available from online retailers and health food stores. It’s sometimes combined with other ingredients intended to enhance its effectiveness.
AHCC may cause mild side effects. These include itching, bloating, diarrhea, foot cramps, and fatigue. It can interact with some medications. Check with your pharmacist or doctor before taking it.
The coronavirus epidemic is cause for concern. But no matter what’s going around, it’s always a good idea to make sure your immune system is functioning at its best. AHCC is a good way to do that.