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What are the best vitamins for HIV
Apr 11, 2002

What are the best vitamins to take for being HIV.. Are those multi-vitamins with 4 or 5 pills in a pak good or just plain old 1 a day multi vitamins. Comments please.

Also have you any information about Synergy2000. I bought some from www.vitacost.com. There you can find information about synergy2000...It is all natural...

Response from Ms. Fields-Gardner

One of the many difficult questions in HIV care is how supplemental nutrients (and other substances) might fit in. It is even more impossible than a question like, "What is the best medicine for HIV?" In a nutshell, there is no "best" vitamin or combination in HIV disease. There is just too little know about the needs, metabolism, effects, and toxicities of vitamins, minerals, and other substances. I know that this can be very frustrating, but it leads to that "watered-down" recommendation for a balanced multivitamin-mineral supplement if you choose to take a supplement.

The Synergy 2000 product website, www.vitacost.com, has some very misleading marketing information and I would certainly not take their word on a need for their product based on the information presented. In addition, their product has other items, like ginko biloba, which may interact with HIV medications. In the scheme of things, the benefit of being "natural" doesn't mean much.

Where does that leave us? With two thoughts: 1. Take the time to get your current diet analyzed along with other information in your chart and that you may provide to see where gaps or problems may be that would benefit from supplementation. While there are no great "across the board" recommendations, an individualized plan may warrant supplementing. 2. Make sure that your diet is the major source of your nutrients. This is where "natural" means something and there are benefits to diet-based nutrients that supplements have not been able to duplicate.


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