Nutritional support therapies for HIV patients can dramatically improve quality of life. Nutrients play a key role in your immune function. Boosting the immune system’s ability to function may be key in preventing HIV-related symptoms and progression. Micronutrient supplementation, as well as supplementation with fruit and vegetable concentrates containing polyphenols, have improved markers of HIV disease progression in clinical studies. HIV contains a gene that seriously competes with four essential nutrients: the trace mineral selenium and three amino acids. Selenium, a key nutrient necessary for proper functioning of the immune system, is noticeably deficient in HIV patients. Selenium research indicates supplemental selenium may block the buildup of HIV in a patient’s blood, thereby inhibiting HIV progression to AIDS. HIV patients also excrete large amounts of sulfur in their urine, dangerously depleting the body’s stores. Increasing manganese levels in cells has been shown to halt HIV’s unusual ability to process its genetic information backwards. Massive doses of ascorbate reduce the tendency for secondary infections. Research utilizing ATP (adenosine triphosphate) along side traditional highly active antiretroviral therapies (HAART) have demonstrated profound changes in how a cell will function. The antiviral properties of coconut oil have been researched to reduce HIV viral load. A toxin found in bee venom can destroy HIV by poking holes in the envelope surrounding the virus, which then ruptures the envelope, stripping it off the virus.
Selenium deficiencies have been recorded in HIV patients, and evidence suggests the mineral can improve the function of the immune system. Taking daily selenium supplements may block the build up of HIV in a patient’s blood, research suggests.
Selenium is needed for the proper functioning of the immune system, and appears to be a key nutrient in counteracting the development of virulence and inhibiting HIV progression to AIDS.
Preliminary clinical evidence is that massive doses of ascorbate can suppress the symptoms of the disease and can markedly reduce the tendency for secondary infections. In combination with usual treatments for the secondary infections, large doses of ascorbate will often produce a clinical remission.
Scientists have found that simply increasing manganese in cells can halt HIV’s unusual ability to process its genetic information backwards.
With or without treatment, persons with HIV lose dangerous amounts of sulfur.
H202-generating L. acidophilus alone at a concentration of 101 CFU/ml was viricidal to HIV in lactate buffer pH 5.0 as measured by a decrease in viral replication in CEM cells.
Conclusions from a study confirmed the anecdotal reports that coconut oil does have an anti-viral effect and can beneficially reduce the viral load of HIV patients. The positive anti-viral action was seen not only with the monoglyceride of lauric acid but with coconut oil itself.
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“I have worked for almost 10 years with HIV-positive patients and have seen firsthand how natural therapies dramatically help manage side effects of medications, improve quality of life, protect the body from the chemical processing of the medications, and possibly prevent ‘drug failure’. The following is a review of natural therapies for optimizing the benefits of antiretroviral drug treatment.”
The Therapeutic Potential of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) as an Immune Modulator in the Treatment of HIV/AIDS
The research goal is to utilize ATP as part of an HIV eradication protocol given along-side traditional highly active antiretroviral therapies (HAART). As a natural compound, adenosine triphosphate (ATP), applied to the outside of cells elicits profound changes in how a cell will function.
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have demonstrated that a toxin called melittin found in bee venom can destroy HIV by poking holes in the envelope surrounding the virus. The melittin forms little pore-like attack complexes and ruptures the envelope, stripping it off the virus.
Bolstering your immune system’s ability to function may be key in preventing HIV-related symptoms and progression, and nutrients play a key role in your immune function. HIV-1 contains a gene that is virtually identical to that which allows humans to produce the enzyme, glutathione peroxidase. As the virus is replicated, it begins to seriously compete with its host for the four nutrients needed to make this enzyme, specifically the trace element selenium and the three amino acids, glutamine, cysteine and tryptophan. Inadequate selenium causes the immune system to collapse, the thyroid to malfunction and depression to develop. Similarly, the new study found that HIV-positive people who took multivitamins and selenium fared much better than those who did not. Micronutrient supplementation has improved markers of HIV disease progression and mortality in clinical trials. Fruit and vegetable concentrates containing polyphenols have also been shown to benefit HIV patients.
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