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article imageJapan Daily Press: HPV eradicated by Japanese mushroom extract

By Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti     Mar 25, 2014 in Health
In a Japan Daily Press post dated yesterday, Maan Pamintuan-Lamorena reported that a Japanese mushroom extract may eliminate the human papillomavirus (HPV) found in cervical cancer cells.
Researcher and lead author of the mushroom extract study, Dr. Judith A Smith from the University of Texas discovered a mushroom extract called active hexose correlated compound (AHCC) that showed to have slowed the growth of tumors. Started in 2008, the study showed the compound’s potential to treat HPV infection. The research was presented at the Society of Gynecological Oncology’s annual meeting. It showed AHCC to have shut down infection both in vitro and in vivo.
Researchers tested the compound in cell cultures outside cervical cancer patients. Next, they used the same compound to treat an HPV mouse subject. In both tests, HPV was eliminated within 90 days.
Dr. Smith noted that, “AHCC is a common, well tolerated nutritional supplement that has been used for decades in Japan, and added that she was excited to be “pursuing a nutritional approach to trying to find a treatment for HPV infections.”
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