Mushroom extract eradicates HPV
In an American study (April 2015, Cancer Prevention Research) an alpha-glucan polysaccharide compound in Shiitake mushrooms eradicated HPV in three separate trials; two with in vitro studies and one with mice.
The compound (an active hexose called AHCC) is known for its anti-tumour and anti-cancer properties but is found only in Shiitake mushrooms. Of course, HPV is known to be officially linked to about 70 per cent of cervical cancers; and current thinking is to use a highly controversial vaccination strategy, which has already been linked to severe illness and even death in girls, without any real life proof of effectiveness as yet.
Lead researcher at the University of Texas for the project, Dr. Judith Smith presented her results at the Society of Gynecological Oncology’s 45th Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer in Tampa, Florida in March 2014. The implications were clearly that Shiitake mushrooms, and especially daily doses of AHCC, could have a preventative effect in cervical cancer, and quite probably a role in treatment.