HPV (human papillomavirus) is the most common sexually transmitted infection, affecting between 60 and 80 percent of sexually active adults in the United States. Persistent infection with the “high-risk” HPV types (including types 16, 18, 31, and 45) may progress to precancerous lesions of the vulva and cervix which could lead to cancer. HPV can also cause cancers of the throat, anus and penis. Other HPV types, mainly types 6 and 11, cause genital warts.
A study presented at the 2014 Society for Integrative Oncology conference showed that it is possible to eliminate HPV infection in women using a nutritional supplement, AHCC (active hexose correlated compound). AHCC is derived from the Shiitake mushroom. Other studies already confirm that AHCC helps the immune system by boosting the amount of natural killer cells, dendritic cells, and cytokines which help the body fight infections and suppress tumour growth.
“With this study, for the first time, we’ve shown it’s possible to eradicate HPV in women using AHCC for only 3 months or up to 5 months,” said lead author of the study Dr. Judith A. Smith, a pharmacist and an associate professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School. “We’ve been studying the efficacy of AHCC’s integration with common chemotherapy agents for over a decade, and had previously eradicated HPV infections with AHCC in three orthotopic mouse models. This study confirms the previous results.”