Selenium supplementation slows HIV progression

This study looked specifically at selenium supplementation and how it affects progression of HIV. (As usual, the scientific evidence builds up over time: earlier research had already produced some findings about the role of selenium in immune system function, and its potential benefit for people with HIV.)

 The 2007 finding:  a daily supplement of selenium can “suppress the progression of HIV-1 viral burden and provide indirect improvement of CD4 count.” And the study  results “support the use of selenium as a simple, inexpensive, and safe adjunct therapy in HIV spectrum disease.” 

Interestingly, the study found that selenium supplementation was beneficial regardless of factors such as past drug use, time since HIV diagnosis, adherence to antiretroviral medication, and infection with hepatitis C.  So–a very general usefulness for this supplement for slowing progression of HIV.

“Suppression of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 Viral Load With Selenium Supplementation.”
Barry E. Hurwitz; Johanna R. Klaus; Maria M. Llabre; Alex Gonzalez; Peter J. Lawrence; Kevin J. Maher; Jeffrey M. Greeson; Marianna K. Baum; Gail Shor- Posner; Jay S. Skyler; Neil Schneiderman.
Arch Intern Med. 2007;167:148-154.

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