Our friends at the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE) have released a noteworthy new publication, freely available online:
CATIE has a long-standing interest in nutritional supplements and HIV, and maintains on its website a collection of info sheets on a variety of relevant topics, from individual supplements to managing and preventing side effects of HAART with supplements.
This newly-issued guide brings together a wealth of accumulated knowledge in a very readable format, so overall we recommend it highly.
In the section on Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements, the new guide gives an overview of the following topics:
–micronutrient deficiencies and HIV
–antioxidants and HIV
–key vitamins and minerals for people with HIV (B vitamins, vitamins C, D, E, Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Selenium)
–other supplements used by people with HIV (alpha lipoic acid, carnitine and acetyl-l-carnitine, NAC, glutamine, probiotics, and CoQ10)
Very useful is the chart summarizing recommendations and dosing for these supplements, especially in light of more recent findings, which, for example, lead to the recommendation of a higher daily dose for Vitamin D (1000 IU), and more caution in the use of some items (such as Vitamin E and Zinc).
In addition to these pages on nutritional supplements for HIV, we also recommend the guide’s sections on “Managing the Effects of HIV and Meds on the Body,” “Managing Symptoms and Side Effects,” and “Hepatitis C Co-infection.”
Oh, and by the way: “Appendix D: Web Resources” gives a listing for the NYBC website:
New York Buyers Club (for information on nutrition, herbal and homeopathic supplements) www.newyorkbuyersclub.org/index.html