In a trial using Trametes versicolor mycelial biomass (3g/day) 9 of 10 women with high risk strains of HPV had cleared them after 1 year, while only 1 of 12 women in a control group had.Also 13 of 18 patients showed normal cervical cytology after 1 year compared to 10 of 21 in the control group1.
Supplementation with FVe, a protein from Flammulina velutipes, significantly enhanced the anti-tumour protection given by vaccination against HPV-16 with the percentage of vaccinated mice remaining tumour free 167 days after challenge with tumour cells increasing from 20% to 60%2.
The immune supporting action of mushroom polysaccharides make them important supplements for assisting recovery from viral infections such as HPV.
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2. Coadministration of the fungal immunomodulatory protein FIP-Fve and a tumour-associated antigen enhanced antitumour immunity. Ding Y, Seow SV, Huang CH, Liew LM, Lim YC, Kuo IC, Chua KY. Immunology. 2009;128(1Suppl):e881-94.