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Symposium Highlights Yale Study Indicating Role of AHCC(R) for Immune System Enhancement and as a Promising Cancer Preventative
Date:9/16/2008

Significant Research Presented at the AHCC International Research Symposium

PURCHASE, N.Y., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The 16th International AHCC(R) (Active Hexose Correlated Compound) Symposium was held in Sapporo, Japan on July 26th and 27th. The Symposium hosted by the AHCC Research Association was attended by over 300 medical doctors and researchers from around the world that presented and discussed research studies completed with AHCC. Individuals attending this year's event included representatives from Harvard Medical School, Yale University School of Medicine and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Significant preliminary findings from a Yale School of Medicine clinical study were presented. Researchers at Yale, in collaboration with researchers in Japan, have confirmed that AHCC significantly enhances the immune system in a manner that may prove significant for healthy immune function and as a cancer preventative for older Americans.

Study participants were normal healthy individuals 50 years or older and were provided AHCC for 60 days. Scientists measured the production of two key cytokines -- Interferon (IFN-y) and Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF-alpha) -- at the baseline, 30 days and 60 days. These two cytokines are believed to serve a major role in the body's natural method of preventing the formation and spread of abnormal and cancerous cells.

Yale researchers then measured the levels of these cytokines in the blood. Results demonstrated that the production of these cytokines by white blood cells increased within four weeks of taking the recommended dose of AHCC. The study also showed that the immune-enhancing effect of AHCC persisted for at least a month after stopping the daily dose. The results of this study not only confirmed the efficacy of the compound but also helped explain one of the mechanisms by which AHCC enhances the immune system.

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