What is AHCC® Composed of?
AHCC® is a mixture of nutrients extracted from a culture of Shiitake mushroom (Lentinula edodes) mycelia, with polysaccharides being the active component.
Polysaccharides are polymeric structures, made up of repeating units of saccharides, and depending on their type, they have different functions within the body.
While many mushroom products contain a polysaccharide called beta-glucans, AHCC® is set apart from other products on the market in that it also includes characteristic and unique acetylated alpha-glucans.
What Mushroom is Used in the Production of AHCC®?
AHCC® is produced from a culture of Shiitake mushroom mycelia. Many people think of mushrooms as just another kind of plant that grows in forests. However, mushrooms are not part of either the plant or animal kingdom, but belong to their own group, the fungi kingdom. Moreover, the part that we normally eat, the umbrella-shaped fruiting body, is nothing more than the part of the mushroom used for reproduction. Most of the fungi is found in the soil, wood, or whatever it is using to grow in. The roots are what is called the mycelium. These mycelium ‘roots’ are the part of the mushroom that is cultured with our liquid culturing process, and eventually transformed into AHCC®.
The Alpha-glucans Found Within AHCC®
The alpha-glucans contained in AHCC® are a unique type known as α-1,4 glucan, and since they are not normally found in mushrooms, are thought to be a specific and proprietary component exclusive to AHCC®.
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