Arise America: Can Mushrooms Help Cure HPV?
Can Mushrooms Fight HPV?!
You may have a new reason to add mushrooms to your meals:A compound found in certain 'shrooms may help eliminate HPV from infected tissues, according to research presented at the Society of Gynecological Oncology's 45th Annual Meeting on Women's Cancer.
Researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston treated cervical cancer cells with active hexose correlated compound (AHCC), an extract made from Basidiomycete mushrooms (which, if you're wondering, includes shiitake mushrooms). The researchers found that AHCC led to the eradication of HPV, as well as a slowing of tumor growth.
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Now, while AHCC is obviously pretty awesome, it isn't believed to directly fight HPV. Rather, researchers think it may boost the immune system soitcan better fight the virus. Previous research has shown that AHCC increases the body's number and/or activity of Natural Killer cells, dendritic cells, and cytokines, all of which enable the body to respond to infections and block tumor growth.
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Scientists are psyched about the findings, and researchers have even begun to test the effects of AHCC on women with HPV. Pretty cool stuff, but the results won't be available for a while.
So for now, it can't hurt to get an extra serving of shiitake mushrooms, which are loaded with fiber and vitamin B6.
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