|risks/benefits of green tea
Sep 14, 2012
I'm wondering if drinking a significant quantity of green tea daily (or taking a green tea supplement) might help boost my CD4 count? (I've read about earlier research on green tea and t-cells, but I'm not sure if there's anything current and/or applicable to me.) Also, is there any significant risk of the tea (or supplement) interfering with my meds (which are Reyataz/Norvir and Truvada)? The reason I'm asking is that my CD4 count hasn't increased much in the 5 years I've been on meds...it's now around 300 (up from 200)...my CD4% is usually 35 to 40 (and VL undetectable). Thanks!!! (P.S. If there's anything besides green tea that might be helpful, please let me know that as well.)
| Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for posting.
While there are some early data that suggest that a compound in green tea may have benefits for people living with HIV, it's a long way from proved.
So, while I can't speak categorically to any benefits, I doubt that there are any significant negative impacts.
I hope that helps, BY
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