AHCC is a natural compound that is taken from the class of mushrooms called basidiomycetes. In case you know nothing about mushrooms (like myself), this is the mushroom class that the shiitake mushroom falls under.
This compound has become wildly popular over the last few years because some studies have shown that it can improve your immunity, fight against cancer, and help with inflammatory bowel disease.
If you are considering taking AHCC, it is vital to know the compound’s side effects and the benefits. By knowing these things, you are most likely to make the right decision for you and your health.
Let’s take a close look at the side effects that can come with taking AHCC.
AHCC is considered alternative medicine. As a result, little is known about its side effects or safety. This is especially true when using AHCC for long periods of time. Still, there are a few side effects that have been reported with regular doses of AHCC.
Luckily, most of these side effects are relatively harmless. Here are the most prevalent side effects that have been reported with this compound:
- Foot cramps
- Elevated body temperature
Of these side effects, feeling feverish and getting an elevated body temperature is the most serious. Still, these side effects and the others listed above often go away a few hours after the dose.
Additionally, AHCC can decrease the effectiveness of drugs that are made with cytochrome P450 or 2D6. Likewise, medications that are changed when they meet the liver can also be less effective when taking AHCC. You may want to consult with your doctor or pharmacist to see if your medications can be affected by AHCC. Do not take AHCC if it affects your medications.
How to Reduce the Chances of Side Effects
The best way to reduce the chances of side effects is to talk to your doctor and start at a low dose. Whether or not you are on a medication, it is always a great idea to ask your doctor for their opinion when starting a supplement. This is especially true if you are taking medication. It can ensure that you are taking these supplements safely and correctly.
The doctor may even be able to recommend reliable brands that you can trust. There are a lot of supplements on the market today, but not all are very reliable. Ask your doctor for a recommendation on a trusted brand.
Also, start at a low dose and work your way up. Many side effects occur when the body is shocked by the amount of supplement in your system. Start at around 3 grams or less a day. If you see no side effects, then you can work your way up.
How to Use AHCC
Use AHCC as a supplement. Supplements will be in the form of a gel capsule or a tablet. They will also include other ingredients to get the most out of the supplement. You can look online or at a local health store for a variety of supplement options.
No matter what supplement you choose, make sure that the brand offers supplement facts. If a brand does not include these facts, it is generally assumed that you shouldn’t trust them. Similarly, you can look for brands with a third-party organization seal of approval. This ensures that the supplements are safe to consume.
Although AHCC does come with a few side effects, they are relatively minor, and the benefits often outweigh the drawbacks. If you consult your doctor and start at a low dose, you can also help to decrease your chances of these negative side effects.