Health & Medicine

Wednesday, 26 February 2020 10:49

Virus & immunity: scientist points to mushroom extract

Written by 
Virus & immunity: scientist points to mushroom extract

A top Japanese scientist has pointed to a powerful immune-boosting extract of the shiitake mushroom, called AHCC, to help defend against infectious diseases.

Dr Kohei Homma, a Japanese biochemist and expert in nutritional medicine who visited South Africa last year, said AHCC -- a standardized extract of cultured shiitake mushroom mycelia -- had been shown in studies to activate cellular immune function to help defend against bacterial and viral infectious diseases such as the West Nile virus, the influenza virus, the hepatitis virus, and the human papillomavirus (HPV).

Homma said AHCC’s efficacy had not been tested against the coronavirus -- which recently recorded a dramatic spike in deaths and infections -- but studies had shown its powerful impact on immunity.

“…Although AHCC efficacy is not specifically evaluated for [the] coronavirus, AHCC is expected to be effective in [the] prevention and clearance of various infectious pathogens, by modulating and optimizing host immune functions,” he said.

Homma said AHCC’s efficacy had been supported by more than 30 human clinical studies and over 120 research papers.

Meanwhile, recent reports indicate a surge in infections and deaths from the coronavirus, now named COVID-19 by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Chinese health officials has recently put the number of confirmed cases globally at over 80 000 and deaths at almost 2 700.

The SA government has said there are no reported local cases but is on high alert. It said it had set up dedicated centres to isolate and treat suspected cases and was screening all ports of entry. The WHO, which has declared the virus a global health emergency, has advised the public to frequently wash their hands, cover the mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, avoid close contact with anyone with a fever or cough, seek early medical help if a fever or cough arises, avoid direct contact with live animals or markets in affected areas and avoid eating raw or undercooked animal products.

Published in Health and Medicine

Leap Communications

Leap Communications captures positive brand exposure across all platforms in traditional and social media. We promote businesses, brands and individuals by seamlessly integrating all communication channels: traditional media, online and social media. We amplify your messages to target markets to achieve brand exposure, positive engagement and, ultimately, to achieve strategic goals, particularly content-driven growth.

Latest Press Releases

BulkMail

A newsletter application which is easy to use has extensive reporting with many powerful features. Click here to find out more...

Why use MyPressportal ?

  • Submit Free Press Release
  • Automatic inclusion into google News
  • Targeted to South African Audience ONLY
  • Press Releases are South African related

Learn more about MyPressportal

Product Reviews

About Pressportal

MyPressportal is geared towards the South African Market only. A press release can have a huge impact on the marketing of your company, as many journalist use press releases to communicate new happenings from all types of companies and NGO's. MyPressportal is FREE. We do not plan not to make this a paid service. If you would like to know more about the system, please read the FAQ.