|Zinc or Not?
Apr 22, 2003
I have taken supplements since the early 1990s (first under Dr. Joan Priestly in L.A.)to fight HIV. It has worked well, until overconfidence made me lax. Now I am starting HAART and getting back on supplements. Under Priestly I took 50 mg+ of zinc daily--retesting tolerance every three months with some zinc liquid solution. Now, however, I see lots of people talking against zinc supplements, saying they might actually quicken the progression to AIDS. I noticed you take 50 mg and was curious where you stood on the conflicting zinc reports. Thanks for your time and the great service you provide.
| Response from Mr. Vergel
Zinc is essential for skin and hair health, for testosterone production, and for immune function. There was one poorly designed study pre-Haart that found that people with higher zinc levels were dying faster. I doubt these results since the study was not the best in design. I see a big difference in my skin, hair, and sex drive with zinc supplementation of 50 mg/day with 3 mg a day of copper.
By the way, I love Dr Priestly since she was a pioneer criticized back in the 80's and early 90's for her holistic approach that kept many of us alive and well.
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