Selenium and Multivitamins May Slow HIV Progression
by Dr. Cathy  Wong  20-May-2014

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Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a potentially fatal disease of the immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which attacks a specific type (CD4+ T cells) of white blood cells known as T-lymphocytes. The main symptoms of AIDS are Fever, Joint Pain, Rash, Mouth ulcers, Sore throat, Headache etc.

 

According to the researchers, the combination of multivitamins and selenium supplements slows the progress in early HIV infection. People live with an HIV infection for a decade before the virus can destroy the immune system. Multivitamins and Selenium may slow HIV Progression if taken at an early stage. These multivitamin may include B12, thiamine, Vitamins C and E, folic acid, etc. The patients become deficient in these vitamins, which boosts their immunity.

 

A simple supplementation or multivitamin at an early stage can actually slow HIV disease progression. Selenium is an essential micronutrient found in the soil. It plays a vital role in immune-modulation as well. Selenium is lost if the food is refined or processed. It is mainly for improving immunity. Selenium ranks with vitamins C, E, and A, as strong promoters of immunity.

                                   

Those patients who took multivitamins with selenium daily, 50% of risk were reduced due to multivitamins. Below are a few tips, which will help in reducing severity of disease.

 

·        Use olive oil or coconut oil in foods.

·        Selenium plays a vital role for Tissue Elasticity.

·        Concentrate more on quality protein foods like protein shakes, meat and eggs, beans, lentils, etc.

·        Vitamin C, 500 - 1,000 mg 1 - 3 times daily for immune support and as an antioxidant

·        Some probiotic supplements need refrigeration, hence check labels carefully.

·        Prefer Green tea instead of tea

·        For antiviral and immune support, Bitter Melon is the best.

·        Selenium can be taken in a combination of antioxidant and Vitamin E

·        Supplementation is always prescribed by doctors because HIV/AIDS may lead to malabsorption and weight loss.

·        Avoid selenium if a patient is allergic to it.

·        Alcohol should be avoided as much as possible.

·        Methamphetamine (meth) may increase the risk of HIV disease progression.

·        Avoid Smoking as much as possible.

·        Eat antioxidant fruits like blueberries, cherries, and tomatoes and vegetables like squash and bell peppers.

·        5 - 7 grams of protein daily for muscle weakness and wasting

·        L-glutamine, 500 - 1,000 mg 3 times daily, for support of gastrointestinal health.

                                      

If the selenium level in the body is low, then it may weaken the immune system, which may result in stress and illness. Proper balance of vitamin and minerals taken may result in proper functioning of all vitamins.

 

Below is a chart showing how much selenium can be consumed per day as per the age.

 

Life Stage/Gender

Selenium Dosage

Males >50

55 µg

Females>50

55 µg

Males >19 <50

55 µg

Females>19 <50

55 µg

Children 9-13yrs

40 µg

Children <9

20- 30 µg

 

Note:

1 µg = 1 mcg = 1 microgram = 1/1,000,000 of a gram

1 mg = 1 milligram = 1/1,000 of a gram

 

Side effects of excess selenium

Excess selenium may cause fatigue, gastric problems, hair loss, stomach pain, nail loss etc. Vitamin A, Vitamin B12 and zinc are the main vitamins required by patient HIV disease. One may select good quality of supplements and protein depending upon their lifestyle and digestive system.


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