Posted 3/16/07CLICK TO PRINT

TOPIC: Multivitamins and HIV Overview
OVERVIEW: A good nutritional supplement program should always have as its base an excellent, high-potency multivitamin (containing multiple vitamins and minerals) that will supply a basic level of all the micronutrients most important to human function, and are best in a form likely to be "taken up" (best utilized by the body - or "bio-available") by those suffering from the absorption and digestive problems of HIV infection.

This sort of "multiple" can help to make up for overall dietary deficiencies, while also helping to maintain nutritional balance when you are taking other nutrients separately. Normally, this type of supplement will provide a balanced supply of nutrients in appropriate ratios for normal function.

However, please remember that with HIV disease you are not dealing with normal function. With all the factors that result in the advanced deficiencies that have been found in most of those living with HIV and/or hepatitis C, it is almost always necessary to add to the multiple a number of additional supplements both to increase dosage levels and to include those things often not found in multiples.

DOSAGE: A high-quality multiple may require you to take more pills per day than you are used to (and certainly more than “One-A-Day”) — for obvious reasons: there is an upward limit to how large a single pill can be. The simple fact is that even the best multiples simply don't have room in a single pill for everything you probably need to include.
CAUTIONS: A recent study evaluated how much of the antibiotic, levofloxacin, got into the blood of healthy volunteers who simply consumed a fortified cereal (with or without calcium-fortified orange juice). Some of the participants got no food (fasting). They noted that there was a reduced amount of antibiotic in the blood of those taking the fortified foods.

So, if you are on an antibiotic or other drug that requires no food, DO NOT take your multivitamin or other supplement with a minerals in it at the same time! (See J Clin Pharmacol. 2003 Sep;43(9):990-5.)

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Added Protection III - with Iron (Advanced Medical Nutrition) Each bottle, 180 tabs, a 30 day supply.

Added Protection III - without Iron (Advanced Medical Nutrition) Each bottle, 180 tabs, a 30 day supply.

Multi 1-3 (Jarrow Formulas) An iron-free multivitamin rich in antioxidants. Each bottle, 100 Easy-Solv™ tablets.

NutriVir (BIOnexus) Each container, 14.1 ounces (401 grams) - a one-week supply if used as directed. This tasty, vanilla-flavored, powdered supplement (to be added to a cold beverage) is an excellent, if pricey (due to some expensive ingredients, like carnitine), way to bolster your immune system. This popular formula, in addition to vitamins and minerals, contains important digestive enzymes. NYBC stocks the NSA (No Sugar Added) variety.

Super Nutrition Opti-Pack Each box contains 30 packets; each packet (a day's supply) contains 6 fast-digesting tablets.

Super Blend (Super Nutrition) A daily multivitamin/multimineral formula with herbs; 240 tablets.

Ultra Preventive Beta (Douglas Laboratories) Each bottle, 180 tablets. This is a version of Douglas' Added Protection formula that replaces the Vitamin A with beta carotene and a good mix of carotenoids. This is a good idea for people with any kind of liver trouble.

DISCLAIMER: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Thess products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.