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Monograph: Active hexose correlated compound - Powder (AHCC-FD)

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For products in granule form, please refer to the "Active Hexose Correlated Compound - Granule (AHCC-FG)" monograph.
This monograph is intended to serve as a guide to industry for the preparation of Product Licence Applications (PLAs) and labels for natural health product market authorization. It is not intended to be a comprehensive review of the medicinal ingredient. Notes: (i) Text in parentheses is additional optional information which can be included on the PLA and product label at the applicant's discretion. (ii) The solidus (/) indicates that the terms and/or the statements are synonymous. Either term or statement may be selected by the applicant.

Date: 2012-11-15


Active hexose correlated compound (Sumiyoshi et al. 2010)

Proper Name(s)

Active hexose correlated compound ( Spierings et al. 2007 , Matsui et al. 2002 )

Common Name(s)

Source Material

Lentinula edodes (Mycelia) ( Fujii et al. 2011 , Sumiyoshi et al. 2010 )
The mycelium extract of Shiitake (Lentinula edodes (Berk.) Pegler (1976) (Marasmiaceae)) must be freeze-dried.

Route Of Administration


Dosage Form(s)

The acceptable pharmaceutical dosage form is limited to capsules. This monograph is not intended to include foods or food-like dosage forms such as bars, chewing gums or beverages.

Use(s) or Purpose(s)

Statement(s) to the effect of:

Antioxidant  (Ye et al. 2004, Ye et al. 2003, Wang et al. 2001)



Dose(s): not to exceed 3.6 Grams per day, AHCC powder
Directions For Use: Take with at least 240 ml liquid (water, milk, fruit juice or similar aqueous beverage). Taking this product with insufficient liquid may result in choking and/or esophageal blockage/obstruction of the throat, esophagus or intestine (US FDA 2009, Matsui et al. 2002)

Duration of use

No statement is required

Risk Information

Statement(s) to the effect of:

Caution(s) and Warning(s):
No statement is required

No statement is required

Known Adverse Reaction(s):
Symptoms such as nausea and diarrhea have been known to occur; in which case, discontinue use  (Sumiyoshi et al. 2010, Matsui et al. 2002)

Non-medicinal ingredients

Must be chosen from the current Natural Health Products Ingredients Database and must meet the limitations outlined in the database.


  • The finished product specifications must be established in accordance with the requirements described in the NHPD Quality of Natural Health Products Guide.
  • The medicinal ingredient must comply with the requirements outlined in the Natural Health Products Ingredient Database (NHPID).
  • The medicinal ingredient must comply with the requirements outlined in the Natural Health Products Ingredients Database (NHPID).

References cited

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  • Fujii H, Nishioka N, Simon RR, Kaur R, Lynch B, Roberts A. Genotoxicity and subchronic toxicity evaluation of Active Hexose Correlated Compound (AHCC). Regular Toxicology and Pharmacology 2011;59(2):237-250.
  • Matsui Y, Uhara J, Satoi S, Kaibori M, Yamada H, Kitade H, Imamura A, Takai S, Kawaguchi Y, Kwon AH, Kamiyama Y. Improved prognosis of postoperative hepatocellular carcinoma patients when treated with functional foods: a prospective cohort study. Journal of Hepatology 2002;37(1):78-86.
  • Spierings EL, Fujii H, Sun B, Walshe T. A Phase I study of the safety of the nutritional supplement, active hexose correlated compound, AHCC, in healthy volunteers. Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology (Tokyo) 2007;53(6):536-539.
  • Sumiyoshi Y, Hashine K, Kakehi Y, Yoshimura K, Satou T, Kuruma H, Namiki S, Shinohara N. Dietary administration of mushroom mycelium extracts in patients with early stage prostate cancers managed expectantly: a phase II study. Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology 2010;40(10):967-972.
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  • Ye SF, Wakame K, Ichimura K, Matsuzaki S. Amelioration by active hexose correlated compound of endocrine disturbances induced by oxidative stress in the rat. Endocrine Regulations 2004;38(1):7-13.

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