Saturday, May 05, 2007

Selenium pills 'may combat HIV'

From BBC:

Taking daily selenium supplements may block the build up of HIV in a patient's blood, research suggests.
The University of Miami found a lower HIV viral load in patients who took selenium supplements for nine months.

Selenium deficiencies have been recorded in HIV patients, and evidence suggests the mineral can improve the function of the immune system
The Archives of Internal Medicine study suggests the supplements may be a cheap and easy way to help keep HIV in check......

The researchers said the exact mechanism by which selenium exerts its effects on HIV is not known.

One hypothesis is that selenium's antioxidant properties may repair damage done to immune cells by oxygen, which is produced at higher levels in the bodies of patients with HIV..........[read more]

This is interesting in that that it's been suspected that HIV is a form of chronic inflammation and involves cellular damage though oxidations. Selenium is an antioxidant. Care must be taken when administering selenium as it is toxic.

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