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What Supplements I Take and Why
Nelson Vergel's Vitamin and Mineral Supplement Regimen

August 2001

This is the second installment in our series "What Supplements I Take and Why." This article looks at the supplement regimen taken by Nelson Vergel. Nelson, a native of Venezuela and 17-year survivor of HIV, is a leading treatment advocate for HIV-related wasting, lipodystrophy, and wellness in HIV disease. He created the non-profit organization Program for Wellness Restoration (PoWeR) to help persons living with HIV disease rebuild their lives and health. Nelson and co-author Michael Mooney published the book Built to Survive!: A Comprehensive Guide to the Medical Use of Anabolic Steroids, Nutrition, and Exercise for HIV+ Men and Women. Popular lecturers, Nelson and Michael have collectively given over 300 lectures around the United States, including annual community treatment forums in Atlanta co-sponsored by AIDS Survival Project and AIDS Treatment Initiatives.

This series of personal supplement regimens is not intended to endorse any particular supplements or advise readers what supplements to take. The goal is to create a mosaic of perspectives that will raise provocative questions about complementary therapies and further entice readers to think critically about supplements and the role they play in our health and wellness.


Nelson Vergel's Daily Nutrients

These are the vitamins, minerals, and special nutrients Nelson takes and the reasons he takes them.

Nelson Vergel is co-author of Built to Survive!, Michael Mooney, comments that Nelson does not appear to have symptoms of lipodystrophy. He says, "I wonder if this is because he has been taking high doses of nutrients for a long time. While he has taken N-acetyl-l-cysteine in the past, in an effort to reduce his total pill burden he has decreased his supplements to what is listed. Notice that he has taken the three nutrients we think have the most potential to reduce lipodystrophy: carnitine, CoQ-10, and B-vitamins for a long time."


Read Guy Pujol's Supplement Regimen from AIDS Treatment Initiative.




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