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Dietary Supplementation HIV and AIDS Longevity and Age Management

Daily doses of selenium help slow effects of HIV

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Posted on Mar 11, 2009, 8 a.m. By gary clark

In a study conducted by the University of Miami, patients who received 200 micrograms of high-selenium yeast daily had a lower amount of HIV in their bloodstream and better immune cell counts than those receiving a placebo.

University of Miami researchers believe they have found a simple way to help HIV- positive patients keep their disease in check. Of the 262 HIV patients who participated in a double-blind study, half received 200 mgs of selenium. At the end of nine months, each patient underwent an extensive physical. The daily dose of selenium appeared to have reduced the HIV virus in their blood stream, as well as improved immune cell counts. Experts suggest that selenium's antioxidant properties may be responsible for helping people with HIV live longer. However, researchers stress that even though it may help reverse immune system damage, patients should continue taking antiretroviral therapy medications.

"It's no surprise that selenium is finally getting the credit it deserves as a potent antiviral mineral," says Mike Adams, author of The Seven Laws of Nutrition. "In fact, combined with other natural antiviral medicines, HIV can be completely controlled without medications at all. The people of the world have been completely hoodwinked by the pharmaceutical companies into thinking there are no natural treatments for HIV, but in fact there are dozens."

Other studies have shown a positive link between an increased intake of selenium and lower mortality rates for lung, prostate and colorectal cancer patients, although other studies have shown that it may increase the risk of skin cancer. Doctors are encourage with the selenium study but caution that more research needs to be conducted in order to accurately assess selenium's ability to slow down the effects of HIV.

News Release: Selenium, taken daily, found to keep HIV under control and boost immune system function


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