ImmunoKinoko AHCC Donated To Help SARS Victims In Hong Kong

PURCHASE, N.Y. -- In an effort to help the victims of SARS in Hong Kong maintain a healthy immune response, Quality of Life Labs, Inc., has made arrangements with the Hong Kong Ministry of Health to ship 300 bottles ($30,000 value) of ImmunoKinoko AHCC to assist in their efforts. Additional ImmunoKinoko will be provided over the upcoming months.

ImmunoKinoko AHCC contains Active Hexose Correlated Compound, a Japanese medicinal mushroom extract used to strengthen the immune system. The ingredient is derived from a highly specialized manufacturing process developed in the mid-1980s that relies on the hybridization of several species of mushrooms cultivated in Japan.

While no one knows what causes SARS yet, it is clear that the vast majority of diseases we come into contact with on a daily basis can be managed by the body s immune system, stated Fred Pescatore, MD, MPH and medical director of the AHCC Research Association. By providing some of those who are suffering with ImmunoKinoko AHCC, we hope we can help them remain healthy until a cure is discovered for this mysterious flu-like illness. Also, we would like to alert the public how important it is to strengthen the immune system during times of crises.

To date, more than 2,630 cases and 95 deaths have been reported in 17 countries in Asia, Europe and North America since mid-November, when SARS emerged in China.

ImmunoKinoko AHCC is packaged in bottles of 60 capsules, 500 mg each, with a suggested daily use of two to six capsules daily. According to industry analysts in Japan, more than 700 hospitals and medical clinics currently recommend AHCC to patients in that country as part of an immune support regimen.

Quality of Life Labs, sister company to Maypro Industries, Inc. located in Purchase, N.Y., is the sole U.S. distributor of AHCC.