The study focused on women with a history of at least two years of persistent high-risk HPV. Patients in the treatment group received the supplement AHCC for six months, followed by a placebo for six months.
A recent study by researchers at UTHealth Houston found that using mushroom extract daily helps the immune system clear up human papillomavirus (HPV) infections.
The study’s findings have been published in the journal Frontiers in Oncology.
The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase II study was supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health.
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“Our results show that AHCC® supplementation can help most patients eliminate their HPV infection and reduce the long-term risk of HPV-related cancers,” said Judith A. Smith, PharmD, the study’s principal investigator and professor in the department. of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at UTHealth Houston’s McGovern Medical School. “Through this study, as well as multiple other studies, our research has shown that the AHCC supplement is safe.”
AHCC (Active Hexose Correlated Compound) is a proprietary mushroom extract.
The study focused on women with a history of at least two years of persistent high-risk HPV. Patients in the treatment group received the supplement AHCC for six months, followed by a placebo for six months. Patients in the placebo group received a placebo for 12 months. The study found that 14 of 22 patients (63.6%) in the treatment arm became HPV negative.
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were approximately 43 million HPV infections in 2018, many among people in their late teens and early 20s. HPV infections can cause health problems, including genital warts and cancers. However, HPV vaccines can help eliminate infections and side effects.
“We have no other effective treatment for persistent HPV infections other than watchful waiting. While AHCC supplementation may not help everyone, today it is readily available for patients to ask their clinicians to use it to help support their immune system clearing. of persistent HPV infections.” said Smith.
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