Monday, January 10, 2011

Kinoko AHCC: One Expensive Supplement... Tested!

Staying healthy and avoiding debilitating sickness means more time out on the bike. I hate being cooped up inside with a horrible cold  or the flu when there is singletrack to be ridden... especially when it's bright and sunny outside!

Kinoko AHCC (Active Hexose Correlated Compound) is designed to be a natural immune-system-boosting dietary supplement. I was asked if I'd like to try it out to see how it worked and I thought hey, why not?

Here is part of an informational blurb that I received in an email about the product:
AHCC is the world’s most researched natural immune ingredient supported by more than 25 studies published in NIH-recognized peer-reviewed journals. It’s made from the roots of hybridized medicinal mushrooms and is produced in northern Japan. During last year’s flu season, AHCC became Japan’s #1 selling immune supplement and the news about this unique compound is finally reaching our shores.
A quick Google search turns up similar information, as well as several much more technical breakdowns on how the supplement pills are created and what exactly they contain.

Before I dive into this quick review, I would just like to note that obviously this review isn't going to be very scientific. Obviously you would need a much larger sample group as well as  a control group receiving a placebo to conduct a truly scientific test. Presumably, that's what took place in the "25 published studies" mentioned above.

My Experience
After receiving this sample bottle, I began taking Kinoko AHCC in addition to my regular diet, exercise, dietary supplements, and OTC and prescription medications. I took the supplement regularly until I ran out of pills.

During that time, I noticed no ill effects whatsoever.

But did this supplement actually deliver on it's promises and boost my immune system?

As I mentioned above, it is difficult to say. However, I do know that for most of the time that I was on the supplement, my wife was incidentally horribly sick with a nasty cold. It was severe enough to cause her to miss several days of work, miss church and other social functions, and spend a great deal of time in bed. Despite being in frequent close contact with her (my wife, remember) over the several weeks that she was under the weather, I failed to catch that cold myself.

The recommended dosage on the side of the bottle is quite ambiguous, as it instructs you to take 4-12 capsules per day with meals. Since the bottle only held 60 pills I decided to take roughly 4-6 capsules every day until they ran out.

According to, the supplement that I sampled retails for almost $60 for a 60 capsule bottle. If you were to taking this supplement simply as a preventative measure and were using it at full dosage, you could be shelling out $12 per day on just the hope that this thing works! In my mind, that price is exorbitant.

The Good News: Free Stuff!
The good news is that you don't have to pay that much money to try this stuff out for yourself! I'm allowed to give away a free bottle of Kinoko AHCC here on the blog! Not only will you get the supplement, but you'll also receive a box of herbal tea as well as a sweet jade bracelet for your significant other (or if you're a woman, just keep it for yourself ;-) . Hey, maybe this will help you justify all the time you spend on the internet reading about mountain bikes!

Here's what you've got to do to win: Leave a comment below telling why you need this supplement so badly. Maybe you're riding in subzero temps during your commute everyday or maybe your kids always have runny noses and you just don't want to catch what they have. Post it up below, and I will pick the best response on Saturday and they'll receive a free bottle of these magic pills along with the other goodies!

Oh, and please make sure that you include your email somewhere so I can get in touch with you. If you are commenting with some sort of registered account I can probably find your email. If not, please make sure to include it in you comment! It might also be beneficial to subscribe to this comments thread.

Happy commenting!


Anonymous,  January 10, 2011 at 4:03 PM  

I take something that cost a third of the cost that stuff a day. Its in shake form not pills. I'm the only person in the factory I work at that hasnt gotten sick including all my family members. I can send you more info if you want Greg. Let me know

Les Laxson

Greg Heil January 10, 2011 at 4:17 PM  

A third of the cost seems much more reasonable. And hey, one free bottle of this stuff is up for the taking.

AJ Heil January 10, 2011 at 6:04 PM  

4-12 Pills a day? Talk about dependency and ritual! haha
That's an expensive and high-commitment supplement.

Here's my "application" for the freebies:
I'm a multi-sport athlete in rural Wisconsin. The severe cold of Upper-Midwest winters and icy crashes take their toll on my body. During the 2009-2010 season, I was constantly taking pain relievers of various sorts. Taking 200% dosages of Ibuprophen every single day created a strict dependency, undoubtedly mostly mental.

This season, I am trying to break that mold. I have not had pain relievers yet this season, and, directly, this year. My body is in better physical condition than it has ever been before. I am striving to continue my current healthy lifestyle by many different means, and in doing so, become a better athlete year-round in order to harness these skills and give glory and honor to the only one who deserves it, Jesus Christ.


Greg Heil January 19, 2011 at 10:44 AM  

The contest winner has been chosen... it's the only person that really submitted an entry.

D. Rains March 25, 2011 at 5:36 AM  

I actually took a bottle of this myself once as a test... only, I disobeyed the instructions and took only 2 a day to spare it. It still worked very well, and true to the claims, it's left a permanent effect on my health- I used to get sick a lot, especially with strep, but now... I've got sick only -once- since then, and it was a flu that lasted only half a day. I don't take it anymore, and I'm still healthy.

Definitely worked for me.

Greg Heil March 25, 2011 at 7:19 AM  

Glad to hear you had good results man!

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