Food Supplements For People With HIV
Doc, I want to ask .. I was recently sentenced to be positive for HIV, I want to consume food supplements to protect the body’s immunity, after I bought Imboost supplements and I saw the contraindications turned out to be banned for people with HIV / AIDS, I checked this website as well Same, but I compare it with Stimuno which has no information about the prohibition for HIV sufferers. Can it be consumed by Stimuno? thank you
Hello Kim Ho,
Thank you for the question.
The first brand you mentioned has the composition of Echinacea purpure which works by stimulating the immune system, so that it can be used for short-term treatment of colds or flu. The use of this substance in patients with HIV / AIDS is still a matter of controversy, because if the immune system is stimulated in people who have immune disorders such as HIV / AIDS, this can lead to activation of CD4 cells that are vulnerable to being the target of infection in HIV / AIDS . In addition, this substance can increase TNF-alpha production in the body which is often associated with worsening HIV / AIDS.
While the second brand that you mentioned has the composition of Psllanthus niruri which basically also stimulates the immune system, so more or less the side effects will tend to be the same as Echinacea. However, there is a study that states this substance can prevent the replication of the HIV virus, but other than that there are no other studies that state its benefits for people with HIV / AIDS. Basically there are very few studies that study the effectiveness of herbal medicines, so side effects and contraindications to certain diseases still cause debate.
The following are vitamin and mineral supplements that are safe and good for consumption by people with HIV / AIDS:
Multivitamins that contain vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E.
Magnesium, selenium, calcium, and zinc.
Supplements such as alpha-lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Hopefully this information can help.