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Selenium is anti-hiv, probuilding immunesystem?
Mar 15, 2003

Hi doc. Mark. My question is in the title. A few times I read this issue in a pseudo-scientific article, so time now to ask it to a non-pseudo, real scientific expert. Do you have an answer? Thanks.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

The data is mounting although not yet solid regarding the positive attributes of selenium in HIV infection. It is clear that people with advanced HIV infection have lower selenium blood levels than people without HIV infection. Selenium is an essential mineral required for various body enzymes to work. It also has antioxidant function, another thing lacking in people with HIV infection and AIDS. The potential amount of supplementation in the diet that might reverse some of these things is unclear.



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