1. What is ImmPower ER?
ImmPower ER is a dietary supplement containing a pure form of AHCC (Active Hexose Correlated Compound), which is a standardized extract made by the fermentation of a proprietary mushroom hybrid. This is combined with extended release technology for improved and extended absorption. AHCC has been the subject of more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals describing research in animals and humans, showing that it supports peak Natural Killer (NK) cell function, and associated immune system activity. Natural Killer cells have been identified by scientists as the most powerful white blood cells in our immune system…killing and destroying any “non-self” cells, which are any cells that don’t belong in your body. In the formulation of ImmPower ER – AHCC, Japanese scientists isolated the most beneficial immune supporting attributes of several medicinal mushrooms and then bred them together to create a hybrid variety that contains the most powerful benefits of each…all rolled into one! AHCC is so potent that dozens of scientific studies have established it to be one of the most powerful – and safe – immune stimulators available.
2. What are the benefits of taking ImmPower ER?
ImmPower ER is gaining the endorsement of leading experts in natural and nutritional medicine, because it is supported by some of the best research in the natural products industry. In-vivo and in-vitro research demonstrates mechanisms of action and multi-year human trials with hundreds of participant’s shows clinical benefits and safety. The majority of patients in several studies showed improvements in health that corresponded with ImmPower ER support of peak Natural Killer Cell function, enhanced Cytokine production and Optimal T-Cell and Macrophage activity.
Research on AHCC, the primary ingredient in ImmPower ER, can be found at the website, www.ahccpublishedresearch.com, and by searching the NIH (National Institute of Health) Pubmed website, www.pubmed.gov, with the search term, “Active Hexose Correlated Compound.”
3. What are the ingredients in ImmPower ER?
The ingredients in ImmPower ER are a combination of AHCC®, a proprietary hybridization of several Japanese mushrooms used in traditional healing, and ingredients such as sodium alginate, hypromellose and carnuba wax used for extending absorption of AHCC. AHCC® has a unique alpha-1, 4 glucan structure and low molecular weight that research shows provides unsurpassed support for the immune system’s front-line defenses. ImmPower ER is available in vegetarian-capsule form and is sold in 60-count bottles.
4. If I am allergic to mushrooms, can I take ImmPower ER?
Allergies to mushrooms are most often associated with exposure to mushroom spores which originate in the top of the mushroom, called the fruiting body. ImmPower ER – AHCC is derived from the mycelia or roots of the mushroom, and contains no spores. In addition, as part of the manufacturing process, the raw material is subjected to a fermentation process that breaks down the high molecular weight and very tough to digest molecules found in mushrooms into low molecular weight compounds which further lower any allergenic potential. Many people who believe they are allergic to mushrooms take ImmPower ER successfully. However, if you are concerned, please feel free to check with a healthcare professional that specializes in natural products, and start on ImmPower ER very slowly – a quarter of a capsule on the tip of your tongue at first, and if you don’t experience itching in your mouth or other signs of allergy, work your way up to 2 or 6 capsules per day over a period of several days.
5. Where does ImmPower ER come from?
American BioSciences, Inc. of Blauvelt, NY manufactures ImmPower ER and has completed the FDA process of establishing ImmPower ER as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe), a designation that allows its use in foods, beverages and dietary supplements. AHCC®, the ingredient in ImmPower ER, is manufactured by the Amino-Up Chemical Company in Sapporo, Japan.
6. What is the recommended usage of ImmPower ER?
As a dietary supplement, for the maximum benefits of the product, one should take six capsules (3 grams) of ImmPower ER each day – two capsules three times per day. For a maintenance dosage of the product, one should take two capsules (1 gram) of ImmPower ER each day – one capsule in the morning and one in the evening. For best results, use ImmPower ER daily. It is best to take ImmPower ER at least one hour away from other supplements and/or medication. If one has problems taking capsules, the capsules can be broken open and sprinkled over a cold food (i.e. applesauce, yogurt, pudding, etc.)
7. Are there any precautions with taking ImmPower ER?
ImmPower ER should be kept out of the reach of children. Women should consult with a healthcare professional prior to taking ImmPower ER if they are pregnant or nursing.
8. Are there any side effects and/or contraindications associated with ImmPower ER?
There are no known contraindications or side effects with ImmPower ER. If one is taking any medications or taking other supplements, we do recommend consulting with a healthcare professional prior to taking ImmPower ER.
9. How long does someone take ImmPower ER before they notice a difference? Is there a way to tell that the product is working?
People taking ImmPower ER can notice an improvement in energy levels, concentration, appetite and stress within just hours after taking the product. Research on AHCC has shown that in as little as four hours, Natural Killer (NK) cell activity can triple in activity (up to 300% in activity.) However, how quickly one will see results do depend on the initial state of their immune system and whether or not it is very compromised and/or suppressed. In addition to seeing and feeling noticeable results, there is a blood test available called the Natural Killer (NK) Cell Activity Test. Many healthcare professionals offer this test to their patients.
10. How long should someone continue to take ImmPower ER?
People in fragile states of health need more help staying healthy than those in more robust good health. Determining how long to use ImmPower ER comes down to a personal judgment of when one is “healthy enough.” Consulting with a physician may help in evaluating the factors that determine whether to continue or to stop use this dietary supplement? People using ImmPower ER can stop at any time without experiencing side-effects or withdrawal. It is non-addictive and non-habit forming.
11. What does it cost to use ImmPower ER on a monthly basis?
The monthly cost for ImmPower ER depends on what dosage one is taking. ImmPower ER is available in a bottle that contains 60 capsules and has a suggested retail price of $99.95 and a wholesale, health-professional cost of $59.97. When taking a maintenance dosage daily, one would need only one bottle each month of ImmPower ER, and when taking the product for the maximum benefits, one would need three bottles per month.
12. Is that expensive compared with other supplements?
At the recommended dosages, ImmPower ER will cost $3.33 per day when taking the maintenance dosage and less than $10 a day when taking it for the maximum benefits. Many dietary supplements recommended for people with serious health problems are not as well supported by scientific research and are far more expensive. Most other herbal, enzyme and natural products, when used at the recommended levels by people with serious illness, cost well over $300 per month.
Part of the cost of AHCC, the proprietary ingredient in ImmPower ER, is derived from the cost of materials and the cost of manufacturing the compound. The cost of ImmPower ER also reflects the prior research program, resulting in more than 20 published research articles and studies, and the cost of ongoing research in the US, Japan and other countries.
Although it is not the cheapest dietary supplement available, the extensive research with AHCC shows that when ImmPower ER is used appropriately, it is a very valuable dietary supplement.
13. How does ImmPower ER compare to other supplements that stimulate and enhance the immune system?
While we cannot answer questions about other companies’ products, most do not compare to ImmPower ER for the simple reason that they do not have the extensive research on their products like ImmPower ER does.
AHCC, the unadulterated ingredient in ImmPower ER, has more than 20 published research articles and studies, which have been peer-reviewed between doctors, and AHCC is manufactured under the strictest quality controls possible in Japan. ImmPower ER is a pure product that contains no fillers and it is very competitively priced.
14. Can ImmPower ER be taken with the American BioSciences supplement AvéULTRA™?
Yes, as long as AvéULTRA is consumed two hours before or after taking ImmPower ER. Many experts recommend using both dietary supplements, because they provide complementary benefits in terms of supporting fundamental aspects of immune health.
ImmPower ER is a pure form of the dietary supplement AHCC® which has been shown to help support peak Natural Killer (NK) cell function and other benefits. AvéULTRA has been shown to enhance NK cell targeting ability. Peak NK cell function is associated with appropriate regulation of macrophage, B-cell and T-cell activity. AvéULTRA has been shown to maintain the proper balance of Th1 and Th2 cytokines (chemical messengers of the immune system) that support the coordinated interaction of NK cells, macrophages, B-cells and T-cells. (You can view research articles and studies on Avemar, the ingredient in AvéULTRA, at the website, www.avemarresearch.com.)
15. Can ImmPower ER be given to my pet?
Yes. The ingredient in ImmPower ER, AHCC, has research that shows it can improve your pets’ immune system as well. In fact, American BioSciences, Inc. offers a product specifically for pets that contains AHCC, which is called NK-9™.
16. Can ImmPower ER be used with other dietary supplements?
There are many dietary supplements and special diets that may benefit people who may wish to use ImmPower ER. None of them will interfere with ImmPower ER, and ImmPower ER will not interfere with them. Consult with a healthcare professional that specializes in natural and nutritional medicine for a comprehensive protocol of diet, exercise and dietary supplements.
17. Can ImmPower ER be used along with prescription medications?
The primary ingredient in ImmPower ER, AHCC, has been the subject of many studies, resulting in more than 20 peer-reviewed publications, including studies that look at potential drug interactions. An answer as to whether ImmPower ER will interact with a specific drug is best obtained by consulting with a pharmacist or physician. Pharmacists and doctors can find research that can answer most questions on interactions at the website, www.ahccpublishedresearch.com. (For specific questions, they can call American BioSciences, Inc. at 888-884-7770.)
18. How do I store ImmPower ER?
ImmPower ER can be stored at room temperature, in a cabinet or cool place where it is not in direct sunlight or heat.
19. Are there any supplements that would work well in conjunction with ImmPower ER?
ImmPower ER happens to be an extraordinary dietary supplement back by over 20 clinical trials and studies proving its effectiveness on the immune system. Of course, there are many supplements on the market that may be helpful as well. Since everyone’s state of health is different, consult with your healthcare professional about those that would be most helpful to you, in addition to ImmPower ER.
20. ImmPower ER targets Natural Killer (NK) cell activity. What are NK cells?
Natural Killer (NK) cells were identified by scientists in the 1980’s as the key or most important white blood cell on the front line of defense in the immune system. Natural Killer (NK) cells patrol the body, killing and destroying all “non-self” cells which are any cells that don’t belong in your body. Unfortunately, as we age or deal with stress, Natural Killer cell activity declines, making us more vulnerable because our immune systems are less effective. ImmPower ER AHCC, has been shown, through over 20 clinical trials and studies, to increase Natural Killer cell activity, enhancing our immune function sometimes by more than 300%!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. ImmPower ER is a trademark. AHCC is a registered trademark of Amino Up Chemical Company, Sapporo, Japan. © 2012 American BioSciences, Inc.
AHCC®, the proprietary ingredient in ImmPower ER, is supported by more than 20 published research articles and studies. To view this research, please visit one of the following websites:
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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