Immune boosters AND SUPPLEMENTS
Be careful of the type of supplements you take
IT IS a fact that HIV destroys your immune system. Antiretroviral (ARVs) drugs suppress HIV and allow your immune system to regain strength. In-between this, the body gets weak and requires a lot of effort from you to strengthen it. This has opened a gap for many people to use immune boosters and supplements to assist the immune system.
VARIETY OF SUPPLEMENTS
There are many immune boosters and supplements that people use and they range from nutritional to herbal supplements.
The common immune boosters are those with aloe, red yeast, lentinan, whey protein and co-enzyme Q-10, among others.
As supplements and boosters are a major business, many companies advertise and market them in such a way you will want them immediately. But you may soon find out that they don’t work as they are portrayed. Nutrients found in supplements and immune boosters are not as good as getting them naturally. They may say they are natural and work with all medication, but it's not entirely true.
TOXINS IN YOUR BODY
Most supplements and immune boosters are made from nutrients that you can get from eating a balanced diet. However, due to manufacturing and preservation, such supplements do not contain nutrients like fresh fruit, vegetables and food we prepare ourselves.
The preservation of these nutrients requires the addition of preservatives, which may cause toxins in your body. Therefore, if you use them, you may also need to detoxify, which is the process of removing toxins from your body.
When ARVs were researched and approved, the process was not done on people using supplements or immune boosters. Similarly, immune boosters were not entirely researched for people on ARVs. This means that if you are using them, you might be complicating the effectiveness of your medication. Some supplements may even neutralise your ARVs.
Another growing trend these days is energy drinks. You may feel weak as a result of the virus and resort to energy drinks. It is a known fact that they increase your sugar levels, but frequent use may lead to excessive dehydration and high blood pressure. You need to avoid energy drinks. Rather opt for natural nutrients that can provide you with energy without endangering your health.
CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR
If you want to boost your immune system or supplement your ARVs, consult your doctor before you take supplements and immune boosters.
Irrespective of whether people recommend certain supplements, do not take them without consulting your doctor, who will be able to help you should complications arise.