Multivitamins with Selenium Counter HIV

Multivitamins with Selenium Counter HIV - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthA study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that a daily multivitamin supplement withselenium significantly slows the advance of HIV among those withthe virus. The researchers tested 878 asymptomatic, HIV-infectedpeople over two years that had never taken antiretroviral medications.



The test subjects were split into four groups, with members of each receivingseparate medications—multivitamins, multivitamins plus selenium, selenium aloneor a placebo—for five years. The multivitamins contained vitamins B, C and E.

Those given multivitamins plus selenium experienced a 54 percent reduction inlow counts of a critical immunity cell factor (called CD4) compared to the placebogroup. This group also experienced a 44 percent reduction in other events known toaccompany the progression of HIV, including AIDS-related deaths.

The researchers concluded: “In antiviral, therapy-naive, HIV-infected adults,24-month supplementation with a single supplement containing multivitamins andselenium was safe and significantly reduced the risk of immune decline and morbidity.”

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