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Helpful Herbs & Vitamins Along with Meds.

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People with HIV infection or AIDS often have multiple nutritional deficiencies, supplement may be beneficial.
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Multivitamin and

1. Selenium-improve intestinal, appetite,& heart function
2. The amino acid NAC (N-acetyl cysteine)-
3. dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS)-slowed the rate of decline in immune function in people with HIV infection.
4. vitamin A-antioxidant properties that neutralize free radicals
5. Beta-carotene- increased the number of CD4+ cells
6. B-complex-proper nervous system and immune system function, skin, hair, eyes.
7. Vitamin C-greater resistance against infection
8. vitamin E-powerful antioxidant by neutralizing free radicals
9. zinc & selenium-reduce the number of infections in people with AIDS.
10. Iron- normal immune function,protect against bacterial infections
11. methionine- improve memory,&nervous system degeneration.
12. CoQ10- infection-fighting white blood cells improved.
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replied January 9th, 2010
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Here are some good supplements and helpful hints.

An article in The Lancet reports a number of herb-drug interactions that include the following herbs:

* Betel Nut
* Devil's claw
* Garlic
* Ginseng
* Kava
* Psyllium
* Shankhapushpi
* St. John's Wort
* Xiao chai hu tang
* Chili Pepper
* Dong quai
* Ginkgo
* Guar gum
* Papaya
* Saiboku-to
* Sho-saiko-to
* Valerian
* Yohimbine

ALWAYS check with your doctor before starting any herbal therapy. I take fish oil and garlic pills and they have helped a lot.I did take St.Johns Wart and Green Tea and was told to stop by my doctor because it conflicted with my HIV meds so always always always talk to your doctor before using any of these herbs.
Good luck and good health!
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replied January 9th, 2010
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I have also heard that coconut oil is good for the immune system..anyone try that or any of the above mentioned and if so what do you think?
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