HomeHealthStudy: Mushroom extract can help clear HPV infections

Study: Mushroom extract can help clear HPV infections

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Researchers at UTHealth Houston recently discovered that taking daily doses of mushroom extract helps to boost the immune system’s ability to fight off human papillomavirus infections (HPV).
The journal Frontiers in Oncology published the findings of the research.
The grant from National Institutes of Health funded the Phase II randomized, double blinded, placebo-controlled phase II study.

“Our results show that AHCC® supplementation may help most patients eliminate their HPV infection and may decrease the long-term risk of HPV-related cancers,” said Judith A. Smith, PharmD, lead researcher on the study and professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston. “Through this study and multiple other studies, we have shown that the AHCC Supplement is safe.”
AHCC (active hexose correlated compounds) is a proprietary mushroom extract.
Study participants were women who had at least two years of history of HPV-related persistent high-risk. The treatment group received six months of the supplement AHCC, then six months of placebo. For 12 months, patients in the placebo group were given a placebo. The study revealed that 14 out of 22 patients (63.6%) in the treatment arm were HPV-negative.
The most commonly transmitted sexually infective disease in the United States is HPV. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were approximately 43 million HPV-related infections in 2018, most of which were among young adults in their late teens and early twenties. HPV infections can cause serious health problems such as genital warts or cancer. HPV vaccines are available to help prevent infection and minimize side effects.
“We don’t have any other effective treatment for persistent HPV infection other than watching and waiting.” Smith explained that although AHCC supplementation is not for everyone, patients can ask their physicians about it today to help their immune system clear persistent HPV infections.

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