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Taking Care of Your Heart During Turbulent Times: Is Your Heart Talking to You?

Taking Care of Your Heart During Turbulent Times: Is Your Heart Talking to You?

by Mikele Ketchem @Canton Olive Branch

Article 7- February 21, 2020

Hello fellow Olive Branch Customers!  Today is February 21, 2020, and it’s a brisk 33 degrees on a sunny day here in Canton, Ohio.  Have you recovered from the holidays?  Were the holidays particularly rough this past year?  With February being national heart month across the country, many of us in the health industry are abuzz in heart health.  Talks and sales of fish oils, antioxidants, anti-anxiety herbals, homeopathy, and many others surface when people come into the Olive Branch.  Stress, anxiety, and depression are common complaints which can bring about varying levels of discomfort with those seeking relief.  Nonetheless, did you know that overwhelming stress, anxiety, and depression have a link to your heart health?  Believe it or not, if you listen closely, your body talks to you on many conscious and subconscious levels to alert you to things you need to be aware of.  In this short article for February, we will discuss how our daily dose of stress, depression, and anxiety can play into the muscle that keeps you alive with every pump: Your heart.

Your Amazing Heart

Here’s some things to ponder about your heart:

  • Contracts about 115,000 times per day;
  • Pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood per day;
  • The heart runs on an electrical cardiac conduction system
  • The human heart weighs just less than 1 pound. However, the male heart weighs just 2 ounces heavier than a woman’s heart.

Some Startling Statistics to Ponder

According to an article in Science Daily, a study of 221,677 participants from Australia, researchers found that:

  • Among women, high/very high psychological distress was associated with a 44% increased risk of stroke; and
  • In men ages 45 to 79, high/very high versus low psychological distress was associated with a 30% increased risk of heart attack, with weaker estimates in those 80 or older

One thing that we can take away from these statistics is that stress is a part of life – we can’t escape it.  The fight-or-flight response is an evolutionary survival mechanism that has been a popular topic in Darwinism since the 1800’s that predicates our survival as a species.  Anyways, that is a total differing topic that won’t be discussed, but is relevant because the fight-or-flight response comes from a part of our brains called the amygdala.  The amygdala is responsible for the regulation of emotions including fear and emotional, arousal, and memory.  When we talk about anxiety and stress in correlation to heart health, the amygdala does play a part.

Positive and Negative Stress

As first stated, we experience stress and anxiety on a daily basis.  Stress in general is not a bad thing, as a little worry and stress is normal – even beneficial. There is even the topic of positive and negative stress.  Positive stress is stress that makes us take positive action to make changes, work harder, get that promotion, run that extra mile, or work that extra shift. However, it’s when anxiety and stress become chronic that can put you at risk for heart issues if they are not corrected early.  Negative stress is when stress becomes chronic and overwhelming that it causes us to not function normally in our daily lives.  This is when the connection of stress to our hearts really starts to open up.

Beyond Normal Stress

What happens when stress and anxiety go beyond normal, and cause us to go into negative stress?  Mental and psychological disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder have a higher prevalence in these situations.  According to Harvard University, chronic negative anxiety changes our hormonal and physiological reactions in conjunction with our adrenal cortex that change how our amygdala functions.  People with anxiety disorders have rollercoaster ups and downs with anxiety that can raise blood pressure and even heart rhythm disturbances.  Even scarier, platelets which are our clotting agents in our blood, become stickier which makes blood more likely to clot increasing the odds of a heart attack occurring.  Beyond this, stress and anxiety can be a precursor to increasing odds to developing heart disease as a whole.

Do You CRP?

One of the sources used for this article from Harvard University has a quiz to see if you may have generalized anxiety disorder.  The purpose of the quiz is not to diagnose you, but to give you an idea if you identify with more than three items on the quiz you should discuss options with a qualified medical professional: https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/anxiety-and-heart-disease-a-complex-connection  One thing that sends many individuals to the emergency room daily is the feeling of a heart attack: racing heart, pain in the center of the chest, left arm pain, sweating, and confusion to name a few.  Depending on the individual and the circumstances, the emergency room may run tests to see if you are actually enduring a true heart attack.  A typical inexpensive blood test called a CRP, or c-reactive protein, is a blood indicator that gives an overall global risk assessment of an individual having a future heart attack.

What is CRP?

CRP is the c-reactive protein critical component of the immune system which is a set of proteins that our bodies make when faced with a major infection or trauma.  The CRP level of an individual is related to how much inflammatory proteins are present in the blood that can predict the occurrence of a heart attack, stroke, sudden cardiac death, and the development of peripheral arterial disease, or PAD.  Need a visual on how CRP and your heart health is measured?  Paul Ridker, MD in his article gives us just that in figure 2 below:

Figure 2. hs-CRP is a stronger predictor of heart attack and stroke than LDL cholesterol. Adapted with permission from Ridker et al (N Engl J Med. 2002;347:1557–1565).5 Copyright © 2002 Massachusetts Medical Society. All rights reserved.

 

I Got My CRP Blood Test.  How Do I Read It?

According to Dr. Ridker: Interpreting CRP results is straightforward (Figure 4). All laboratories should report values in mg/L (milligrams per liter). Levels of CRP less than 1 mg/L are desirable and reflect a low overall cardiovascular risk. Levels of CRP between 1 and 3 mg/L are indicative of moderate risk, while levels of CRP in excess of 3 mg/L suggest quite elevated vascular risk

Figure 4. Clinical interpretation of hs-CRP for cardiovascular risk prediction. Adapted from Yeh and Willerson (Circulation 2003;107:370–372).

My Heart is Ok, but I have Been Diagnosed with an Anxiety Disorder.  Maybe Even Heart Disease.  Now What?

So, you’ve been diagnosed with anxiety/depression. Maybe even heart disease or a heart issue  What now?  The important thing to do is not panic, but to educate yourself.  Many professionals recommend talk therapy, medications, exercise, and others to help quell anxiety and depression to keep heart issues at bay.  A cardiologist may also be needed for advanced heart issues that need intricate treatments.  However, if anxiety and depression are at a stage that can be helped without the need of drugs with dangerous side effects, it may be worth your time to look at natural alternatives.  At the Olive Branch, there are numerous anti-anxiety/anti-depression options that have little or no side effects at all such as:

  • Terry Naturally AnxioCalm
  • L-Theanine
  • 5-HTP
  • Valerian
  • Passionflower
  • Our house brand of stress-ease
  • Calm-Advantage
  • Acai – to help lower C-Reactive Protein
  • And others!

Author Final Thoughts

While stress is a part of our daily lives, as well as a survival necessity and a given in life, it is important to recognize when stress/anxiety/depression become too overwhelming and it becomes too hard to function on a daily basis.  One thing I feel many of us feel is ashamed or embarrassed to ask for help due to stigmas on mental health in our society.  Please understand that you are human, and we as humans are emotional beings.  Many anxiety disorders are based on buried emotions that need to be addressed at our core to help us move on with our lives.

By all means, if you feel that you have any symptoms of overwhelming stress, anxiety, or depression, please seek the advice of a doctor and/or a natural doctor to get multiple opinions to ensure that all avenues have been addressed in your heart and mental health. Exercise, a good nutritious diet, quality sleep, meditation, yoga, quality social time, and spiritual time all are good helpers to keep the heart young and ticking well.  Let’s not forget laughter – life’s old heart remedy for a healthy heart. Remember, our emotions and our heart are connected.  Listen to your heart and your emotions.  Take care of your heart!  Remember to take care of yourself, and your heart will take care of you.  God Bless.

 

~In Good Health,

Mikele Ketchem, MBA, COI

@Canton Olive Branch

  

Disclaimer: While we at The Olive Branch do not prescribe, nor recommend going against the advice of any medical professional, we do ask that you educate yourself. It would be helpful to have a heart-to-heart conversation with your doctor to see what works best for you. The best possible outcome for this scenario would be to heal yourself naturally, and get off or avoid side effects from synthetic medications for treatment. There are quite a few treatments that greatly assist and can even help you get off your medications. This article is meant for informational purposes, and is not intended to replace any medical advice from a qualified medical professional.

 

References

Anxiety and Heart Disease: A Complex Connection. (2017, October). Retrieved from health.harvard.edu: https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/anxiety-and-heart-disease-a-complex-connection

Anxiety, depression, other mental distress may increase heart attack, stroke risk in adults over 45. (2018, August 28). Retrieved from ScienceDaily.com: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180828085920.htm

Ridker, P. M. (2003, September 23). C-Reactive Protein: A Simple Test to Help Predict Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke. Retrieved from www.ahajournals.org: https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/01.CIR.0000093381.57779.67

Taking Anxiety to Heart. (2018, September 04). Retrieved from https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/news/taking-anxiety-to-heart

Wells, D. (2017, July 06). Fun Facts About the Heart You Didn’t Know. Retrieved from healthline.com: https://www.healthline.com/health/fun-facts-about-the-heart#1

 

 

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The Mystery, Magnificence, and Necessity of MSM: A Natural Review

by Mikele Ketchem @Canton Olive Branch

Article 6- January 16, 2020

Happy New Year fellow Olive Branch customers!  Actually, we moved into a new decade at midnight on December 21, 2019.  Did you make any new year resolutions for 2020?  Maybe it’s time to finally lose weight; eat healthier; reduce stress; make more time for the family; make more money; or take control of your health is on your mind.  January is a common month where many people file into the closest gym or fitness center to lose those flabby pounds that were gained over the holiday season.  Many will attempt to work out consistently, but many will find out their joints ache and hurt after a hearty workout, let alone their entire bodies. 

A vital mineral that is commonly sought after for these pains is called MSM, or Methylsulfonylmethane.  MSM is not only a Sulfur powerhouse for joints, but also has a long list of other bodily treatments that help with common (and not so common) ailments.  This article will look into the background, the uses, and how it can help you live a more active (and healthy) life.  Grab a cup of cocoa, and let’s learn something new today.

What Exactly is MSM?

Ok, without getting too technical, MSM is short for Methylsulfonylmethane, or in short – a form of Sulfur.  If you have any joint pains and visited a health food store in the past you may have been suggested to take some MSM with glucosamine and chondroitin to help with pain and inflammation.  This popular supplement hasn’t lost its luster, but some formulations over the years have decreased its potency in some situations.  However, as medical science and clinical trials advance, MSM is continually surprising scientists in the numerous ways it acts upon the body besides for joint health.  For example, many customers who come into the Olive Branch with sore muscles and other ailments and I try to explain how MSM affects them in multiple ways.  One of the biggest ways MSM works is through the adrenal cortex system which helps regulate our response to stressors.  Jillian Levy’s article on MSM comments,

“One of the most notable attributes of MSM supplements is that they help accelerate healing and detox the body by improving how chemicals enter and leave our cells.  MSM essentially makes cells more permeable, releasing certain built-up minerals that can cause problems, heavy metals, waste and toxins, while also helping usher in nutrients and water.” (Levy 2019)

MSM has more than just joint pain and inflammation busting properties.  Plus, it has multiple forms that can be found in most health food stores.  These are discussed below.

Types of MSM On the Market

  • Powder form
  • Cream/lotion form
  • Gel form
  • Pill/tablet form
  • Liquid eye form
  • Crystals

The Importance of Sulfur

According to Dr. Mercola’s article on MSM, the importance of Sulfur is understated.  Sulfur plays a role in many biological processes, including metabolism and the sulfonation of hormones, and deficiency appears to play a role in a wide range of health problems and disease including:

  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Autism

Sulfur has undergone many trials of safety and effectiveness over the years.  Sulfur is most notably known for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties to relieve pain.  MSM has been known through the years to be mainly for joints and inflammation, but MSM has more uses in the body than we originally thought.  Sulfur is also necessary to keep the circulatory system and liver healthy.  Read on to learn more about MSM, and how it affects the body.

Benefits of MSM-A Comprehensive List

  • Treats osteoarthritis and joint pain
  • Helps with skin conditions
  • Lowers muscle pain and spams/improves exercise recovery
  • Restores hair, skin, nails growth
  • Helps the body adapt to stress
  • Reduces allergies
  • Excellent detoxifier
  • Helps insulin function
  • Helps uptake of vitamins/minerals/amino acids
  • Superior antioxidant
  • Improves neurological function
  • Immune Booster
  • Cancer fighter

Treats Osteoarthritis and Joint Pain

This is the most common complaint we receive in the store concerning joint health.  MSM helps decrease joint inflammation, improves flexibility, and restores collagen production.  It helps form connective tissue and repair joints, tendons, and ligaments.  Jillian Kubala states, “Studies have shown that MSM significantly reduces inflammation in your body.  It also inhibits the breakdown of cartilage, a flexible tissue that protects the ends of your bones in joints.” (Kubala 2018)

Helps with Digestive Problems / Helps with Autoimmune Conditions

I know for a fact that we get a considerable amount of people that come in with digestive issues that also have an autoimmune condition that is associated.  Any time that you are battling an autoimmune disorder, typically digestive upsets are usually present.  MSM can help with digestive and autoimmune disorders because MSM helps treat leaky gut syndrome as it helps stop particles from leaching out the gut through small junction openings, where they can enter the bloodstream and ignite an inflammatory response.  Jillian Kubala comments, “MSM can help rebuild the lining of the digestive tract and lower inflammatory responses in response to allergic reactions to certain foods.” (Kubala 2018)   It may be worth your time to research the effects of L-Glutamine supplementation to help MSM patch up the leaky gut syndrome to address these issues.

Helps with Skin Conditions

Creams containing MSM for skin conditions helps lower inflammation contributing to rosacea, skin discoloration, allergies, or slow wound healing.  Improved skin tone, reduced redness, and ease of sensitivity are common responses.  It is best to combine these skin products with Vitamins A, C, and E to help build new skin.

Lowers Muscle Pain and Spams/Improves Exercise Recovery

This is another common complaint at the Olive Branch.  Again, anytime you have pain there is inflammation.  MSM acts as a pain reliever while improving range of motion and mobility.  Another cool fact in the working out arena is that MSM helps counteract certain byproducts like lactic acid which is responsible for DOMS, or delayed onset muscle soreness which gives you pain after working out.  Jillian Levy comments, “A study in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, in which it was found that only 10 days of MSM supplementation helped decrease muscle damage via its effect on antioxidant capacity.” (Levy 2019) 

Restores Hair, Skin, Nails Growth

MSM is shown to boost collagen and keratin levels that are needed for healthy hair, skin, and nails.  Especially during the cold winter months.

Helps the Body Adapt to Stress

If you’ve ever heard of adaptogen in a health food store, MSM is one of those.  MSM is an adaptogen supplement that helps control how the body deals with stress.  MSM boosts the ability to heal and bounce back from exercise, stressful events, injuries, and surgeries. 

Reduces Allergies

MSM helps reduce inflammation and decrease the release of cytokines and prostaglandins which helps with managing allergic reactions.  “One study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that it can help to reduce symptoms of allergic rhinitis, which includes itching, congestion, shortness of breath, sneezing and coughing.” (Levy 2019)

Excellent Detoxifier

Aids in the removal of heavy metal toxicity and cellular waste products.  In addition, the production of glutathione assists the liver in removing waste products from the body. (Patti 2016)

Helps Insulin Function

Bet you didn’t know MSM is excellent for diabetics did you?  Sulfur is needed for proper structure and function of insulin, and is essential in carbohydrate metabolism. (Patti 2016)

Helps Uptake of Vitamins/Minerals/Amino Acids

MSM helps you absorb more of the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to give your body more of what it needs to heal and keep you healthy

Superior Antioxidant

MSM (mainly sulfur) aids in the production of glutathione which is a key antioxidant in reducing oxidative stress. (Patti 2016)

Improves Neurological Function

MSM has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier thereby improving cellular function and removing heavy metal toxicity within the brain cells.  Indirectly, it helps improve brain memory function. (Patti 2016)

Immune Booster

Sulfur plays a big role in keeping your immune system running in top shape.  MSM is effective in reducing oxidative stress and inflammation that can weaken immunity. Since it has inflammatory reducing properties it is thought that MSM reduces stress on the immune system.  Increasing the immune system is also supported by the increased production of glutathione. (Patti 2016)

Cancer Fighter

This is a big one.  There has been a huge surge of research involving studies where MSM and its effectiveness in fighting cancer cells.  Jillian Kubala comments, “Several test tube studies have shown that MSM inhibits the growth  of stomach, esophageal, liver, colon, skin, and bladder cancer cells.  It seems to do this by damaging cancer cell DNA and stimulating cancer cell death, or apoptosis.”  (Kubala 2018) There are even studies where MSM has inhibited the growth of human breast cancer cells, and appeared to stop metastasis.

Author Final Thoughts

In today’s busy world full of stress, illness, and pain, we look to alternatives to help us bring down inflammation and avoid pain.  There are lots of choices in health food stores that can help alleviate pain and inflammation.  Sure, curcumin, Boswellia, devil’s claw, cat’s claw, and others are suitable choices.  However, the topic of this informational report is how MSM can not only help with pain and inflammation, but with a myriad of other positive bodily aids.  MSM has been given GRAS certification, or generally recognized as safe, to give peace of mind with consumers on overall safety.  With those thoughts in mind, it may be suitable to add MSM to your daily regimen to help give your body a boost from the inside out.  Stop into the Olive Branch today to get more information on how MSM can help you today.

A quote from Jillian Levy in her article sums this report up perfectly on MSM’s overall use and effectiveness:

“One of the most notable attributes of MSM supplements is that they help accelerate healing and detox the body by improving how chemicals enter and leave our cells.  MSM essentially makes cells more permeable, releasing certain built-up minerals that can cause problems, heavy metals, waste and toxins, while also helping usher in nutrients and water.” (Levy 2019)

~In Good Health,

Mikele Ketchem, MBA, COI
[email protected]
@Canton Olive Branch

Disclaimer: While we do not prescribe, nor recommend going against the advice of any medical professional, we do ask that you educate yourself. It would be helpful to have a heart-to-heart conversation with your doctor to see what works best for you. The best possible outcome for this scenario would be to heal yourself naturally, and get off or avoid side effects from synthetic medications for treatment. There are quite a few treatments that greatly assist and can even help you get off your medications. This article is meant for informational purposes, and is not intended to replace any medical advice from a qualified medical professional.

Sources used and cited for this article:

References

Kubala, J. (2018, May 21). 8 Science-Backed Benefits of MSM Supplements. Retrieved from healthline.com: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/msm-supplements

Levy, J. (2019, September 26). MSM Supplement Improves Joints, Allergies and Gut Health. Retrieved from draxe.com: https://draxe.com/nutrition/msm-supplement/

Mercola, D. (2019, October 14). Health Benefits of MSM — A Powerful Sulfur Donor. Retrieved from www.mercola.com: https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/10/14/msm-health-benefits.aspx

Patti, A. (2016, May 28). 10 Benefits of MSM. Retrieved from onalimb.org: https://onalimb.org/2016/05/28/10-benefits-of-msm/

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New Additions to The Olive Branch!

Attention Olive Branch Customers: We’ve Expanded! Yes, our original location at 1105 Whipple Ave has expanded its offerings of refrigerated, frozen, and pet food/supplies to satisfy our diverse customer needs.

Our refrigerated section has a diverse offering of new meatless foods from Field Roast, and Upton’s Naturals such as breakfast sausages, burritos, pizzas, wings, vegan crab cakes, multiple flavors of frankfurters, jackfruit meals, and cheeses.

Our frozen department cooler is literally “full” of new meatless microwave/oven meals, veggie burgers, and side dishes of beef, chicken, and turkey offerings from companies such as Quorn, Field Roast, Dr. Praeger’s, Sweet Earth, and Chao.

Our expanded pet food and supply section is newly expanded to include wet and dry can and bag foods from Tender & True, Wellness Core, and Castor & Pollux Organix to name a few. New chew bones, bully sticks, all-natural rawhides, treats, jerky, arthritis and joint rescue treats by Ark Naturals, Paw Love, Doggy Delirious, “Greenie” breath and tartar control treats for various size pets are included.

Come in to the Olive Branch today, and see all the new products we’ve added to our existing location to better serve our loyal customers.

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An Investigative Look at AHCC: The Mushroom Natural Approach That Helps with Cancer and More

by Mikele K.

Article 5- December 13, 2019

Happy holidays from the Olive Branch! Today is December 13, 2019, and do we have an interesting article for you today. It’s been awhile since our last blog post, and I feel that this topic deserves a post in the archives for our customers. It is important that we are always challenging our minds to learn something new in our busy lives, and it allows us to learn something new to challenge our modes of thought to better our lives. 

Learning Something New

Our last topic that was discussed was based on autoimmune disorders, and this topic will branch off of that to discuss immunity in somewhat detail. In this month’s article, we will touch lightly on the types of immunity, natural methods that assist in raising natural immunity, and a detailed look into a mushroom complex that is gaining popularity in the store as a semi-new product: AHCC.  Can AHCC help you?  Is AHCC right for you?  Grab a cup of coffee, and walk with me as we learn about the immune-positive effects of AHCC.

Background

It’s been kind of a rollercoaster ride of temps here in Canton the last month or so.  I sit here writing this article and think back just a couple days ago we saw snow with cold temps and black ice.  What a nightmare.  Most of us look at the holidays and cold weather with colds, flu, and illnesses that can wreak havoc on our family gathering plans that eventually catch up with us at some point or another.  As most of us stay indoors more, the likelihood of bacteria and viruses being spread is extremely high as it is cold outside, warm inside, and air is not fresh and circulated like it is outside.  The chances of any of us catching anything comes down to our body’s defenses being strong enough to fend off any foreign invaders, but many factors come down to how well our body’s defenses work efficiently:

  • Diet
  • Stress
  • Lack of exercise
  • Genetics
  • Gut health
  • Environmental factors
  • Sleep
  • And more

Our Immune System…in a Nutshell

Before we go any further, ask yourself a question: How would you rate your overall health?  Good? Average?  Or Poor?  While many of us do everything we can to keep our bodies running at optimal efficiency, our immune systems aren’t perfect.  However, our bodies are quite amazing at keeping invaders away.  For example, did you know that our immune systems are divided into two types of responses?  Yes, our immune responses are as follows:

  1. Innate – is an immediate non-specific attack against an attack – these are comprised of special cells called cytokines, natural killer cells (NK), macrophages, and dendritic cells
  2. Adaptive – takes longer to react, but provides a specific attack against an attack – these are comprised of B and T cells

OK, I promise we won’t get too technical here, so stick with me.  What do those cells mean to me you ask?  Well, your innate and adaptive immunity rests with those types of cells keeping us healthy when an invader presents itself.  For example, this time of year we see a lot of immune boosting products go out the door such as:

  • Sambucus
  • Astragalus
  • Wellness Formula
  • Immuno Well Rx
  • Zinc
  • Oregano
  • Umcka
  • Allibiotic CF
  • Immune Renew
  • Elderberry products

All About AHCC

Finally, we get to the crux of this article: AHCC is another powerful immune boosting product that we will discuss from here on out.  AHCC stands for Active Hexose Correlated Compound, and is extremely powerful in its immune boosting properties.  AHCC supports the immune system by turning up the dial on your natural immune response.  According to an article by ahccresearch.org states that AHCC can modify the innate and adaptive immune system response.  In layman’s terms, AHCC allows us to better fight and withstand the impacts of a virus, bacteria, auto-immune attack, inflammatory response, or other disease such as cancer, hepatitis, or diabetes.  That’s a lot…let that soak in.

AHCCresearch.org comments:

“AHCC has been clinically studied and tested to have positive benefits for people with cancer, diabetes, the flu, HPV, liver ailments, cardiovascular disease, stress, and inflammation.  As an extra benefit, AHCC helps you better withstand the impacts of treatments for many of these debilitating diseases and conditions.”

Diving into AHCC a little more:

  • It’s a functional food rich in alpha-glucans
  • Manufactured in Japan
  • Used around the world
  • Modulates the body’s innate immunity and supports healthy immune function
  • Shown to modulate the immune system by maintaining optimal natural killer cell activity, enhancing cytokine production, promoting T-cell and macrophage activity, and increasing the number ad activity of dendritic cells

So, in essence, AHCC can be used in healthy and people who are battling a multitude of diseases.  In fact, ahccresearch.org also confirms:

“For healthy people, AHCC is useful in health maintenance and in preventing infection by aiding in the normal function of your immune system.  In integrative oncology, research indicates that AHCC may lead to longer post-operative survival, help support patients through chemotherapy, reduce the negative effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and lead to an improvement in quality of life.”

Diving a little deeper with AHCC…stay with me here…

  • AHCC helps with cancer according to the quote above.  AHccresearch.org states that data from 100,000 treated cancer patients with various cancers that AHCC is effective and beneficial in roughly 60% of cases
  • AHCC alleviates the side effects of chemotherapy such as hair loss, nausea, bone marrow suppression, and liver damage
  • AHCC helps with Diabetes as well – in fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, a clinical trial in Japan revealed that 13 patients who took AHCC for 6 months benefited from taking AHCC.

When it comes to AHCC benefits, AHCC has a long list of benefits, but its main arena of attention is in the cancer arena.  For example, Barry Ritz, PhD of the natural medicine journal January edition 2011 is quoted:

“Overall, AHCC has been suggested to enhance prognosis and quality of life in a variety of cancers, as well as to elicit potentially positive changes in cytokine production and lymphocyte populations – most notably increased natural killer (NK) cell activity.  From a clinical standpoint, the application of AHCC supplementation, or any integrative therapy, must be considered in the context of standard medical treatment.”

What’s very interesting about AHCC and cancer is that it increases NK cells, and without getting too technical here, NK cells are crucial in fighting cancer.  Barry Ritz concludes his article in the Natural Medical Journal:

“In summary, the available literature clearly suggests that AHCC is an immune-modulating compound, with consistent effects on NK cell activity when induced by either the presence of an active tumor or a viral infection.”

In conclusion of this article, we have learned a lot about the immune system and how it is increased through natural means.  We have also discussed the topic of the natural mushroom complex AHCC and its various uses on the human body.  It is important to remember that when we are talking about a simple infection, or the topic of cancer, there are many facets of treatment to complement conventional treatments that can be included in your treatment plan. 

The Olive Branch has a full array of immune boosting products in the store that includes:

  • Sambucus
  • Astragalus
  • Wellness Formula
  • Immuno Well Rx
  • Zinc
  • Oregano
  • Umcka
  • Allibiotic CF
  • Immune Renew
  • Elderberry products

The AHCC product that is discussed in this article is in stock at The Olive Branch:

Disclaimer: While we do not prescribe, nor recommend going against the advice of any medical professional, we do ask that you educate yourself. It would be helpful to have a heart-to-heart conversation with your family doctor to see what works best for you. The best possible outcome for this scenario would be to heal yourself naturally, and get off or avoid synthetic medications for treatment. There are quite a few treatments that greatly assist and can even help you get off your medications. This article is meant for entertainment purposes, and is not intended to replace any medical advice from a qualified medical professional.

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Sources used for this article:

https://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2011-01/active-hexose-correlated-compound-ahcc-and-immune-outcomes-humans-review

https://www.ahccresearch.org/blogs/news/what-are-the-benefits-of-ahcc

Cheetham, M.D., P., & Lifton, D. (2015). The Patient’s Guide to AHCC. Salt lake City: Woodland Publishing.