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Author Topic: SELENIUM  (Read 6663 times)

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Offline LivingItUp

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SELENIUM
« on: November 19, 2011, 07:50:53 PM »
Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum and well, just had a question...
I'm on day 3 of Complera and thankfully everything has been going pretty smooth, I had a rough first two days but today was easy, hopefully it stays like this from here on out.. ok, my question was, on top of the Complera I also take:
-Centrum Silver (I'm 24 years old but my dr told me to take this one)
-Omega-3
-Co-Q 10
-Vitamin B12
-Vitamin B Complex
-Transfer Factor
-Emergen-C (1000mg of Vitamin C)

I heard that Selenium is supposed to be good in helping increase your CD4 count... is this true? I'm at 450 now but would love to have it higher... I know I just started Complera so I have to give it time to work, but if I can take Selenium to help as well, I would love to...
Any suggestions?.. Please and Thank you
Take Care. Much Love

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: SELENIUM
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2011, 05:05:04 AM »
Yeah, apparently selenium has some effect goodwise for HIV positive folks. Not enough to matter in the grand scheme of things, but it doesn't hurt.

As for the rest of the stuff you're taking (save for the Complera obviously), it just means you have very expensive piss.

MtD
« Last Edit: November 22, 2011, 05:07:38 AM by Matty the Damned »

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: SELENIUM
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2011, 11:44:33 AM »
Considering that Complera contains Viread as a component I would spend my money on Vit-D/Calcium supplementation before selenium, due to potential demineralizing effects on your bones over the long term.
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: SELENIUM
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2011, 05:16:33 PM »
Livingitup,

The only ones I don't take, is the Transfer factor, and the Emergen-C.

I also take a Vitamin D supplement. ( 1,000 IU ) two days a week. After recomendaation from the doctor that My D was low.  It's Ok now, but still take it.

CoQ10 --200 mg , 3 days a week

Fish oil ( now 1,400 mg ) 5 days a week

When i am not taking the Centrum silver, I use :Members Mark.  This also has 55mcg of selenium in it, so I don't take an additional selenium.

This is the supplemental facts for the B complex that I take: ( this is the one most notable in the urine)


Vitamin-c ---mg

Thiamine---( vitamin B-1) 50mg

riboflavin---( vitanin b-2) 50 mg

Niacin:  50mg

vitamin --B-6  50mg

Folate:  400mcg

vitamin B-12  50mcg

Biotin:  50 mcg

Pantothenic acid : 50 mg

 
Try to eat a good nutritious/ balanced diet, of fruits and vegetables.

Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
 62 years young.

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: SELENIUM
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2011, 06:41:18 PM »


Don't forget to check out the Diet and Nutritional tips from the lessons.  You may find some of this helpful:


http://www.aidsmeds.com/articles/Nutrition_7670.shtml


Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
 62 years young.

Offline sam66

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Re: SELENIUM
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2011, 04:40:43 AM »

 Not sure if Selenium will increase cd4's

 many +ve's are selenium deficient

 I take selenium daily  ( 70 mcg.)
december 2007 diagnosed +ve ,

Offline LivingItUp

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Re: SELENIUM
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2011, 10:40:44 AM »
Thanks everyone for the advice... It's definitely been a change... Considering that I am young and am able to get away with "cheating" on my diet sometimes was always fun... But not anymore :-( lol it's ok though... One up for the broccoli!! haha

Thanks again! Much Love! 
Take Care. Much Love

Offline elf

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Re: SELENIUM
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2011, 04:13:52 PM »
A can of tuna has more than 50 micrograms of selenium, so if you eat that and something else, you are likely to get a balanced intake of selenium.

Taking too much selenium (as a supplement) has been linked to higher cholesterol.

After I tested positive, I used to take 500 micrograms of selenium every day. I think it did help me, but now my numbers are good on Haart (1100 33%) even without it, so I take it only in food and in a multivitamin. I'm taking too many supplements, so I'm giving selenium a break.  ;D
« Last Edit: December 20, 2011, 04:19:28 PM by elf »
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Offline odyssey

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Re: SELENIUM
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2012, 10:55:03 AM »
When I first was diagnosed I asked my doc what supps he would recommend. He told me the only ones that have solid research backing their benefits are Selenium, Fish Oil, and a multi. Of course, this was 2009 and he now has me on D too, but he still supports the original three he gave me. I don't know if selenium will increase your CD4 count though.
01/09/09- diagnosed HIV+
01/16/09   CD4-425    22%  VL- 32,415
11/09- started Reyetaz/Norvir/Truvada
03/10- stopped R/N/T
10/18/11   CD4- 328   20%  VL- 84,000
10/25/11   CD4- 386   22%
10/28/11- start Truvada/Reyetaz/Norvir
12/30/11  CD4- 523  29%
03/08/12  CD4- 503  31%  VL 57
07/02/12  CD4- 897  43%
08/31/12  CD4- 745  39%
12/27/12  CD4- 884  40%
03/28/13  CD4- 819  39%
07/19/13  CD4- 739  40%
10/17/13  CD4- 535  36%
01/16/14  CD4- 743  43%

02/14- switched from R/N/T to Tivicay/Epzicom because of CKD 3 suspected from tenofovir.

03/14- switched back to R/N/T due to severe nausea and inability to eat on T/E.
 
04/01/14 CD4- 898  42%   VL-

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: SELENIUM
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2012, 01:55:43 PM »
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=40802.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45159.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
 62 years young.

Offline Plus30

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Re: SELENIUM
« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2012, 04:14:34 PM »
I have had two Dr's tell me to start taking Selenium. Also my close friend who is poz has been taking it for years and is doing great. I recently have been taking it so we'll see how it goes during the next blood work.
...............CD4   %    VL
05/04/07   Tested Positive
10/24/07   343   18   141,000
03/12/08   327   17   120,000
05/08/08   286   13   16,529  Started Atripla
07/16/08   325   14   282 
10/14/08   317   19   72
06/10/09   392   21   <48
04/15/10   385   23   <48 New Dr
09/10/10   430   33   <48
11/29/10   540   28   <20
04/11/11   580   29   <20
06/24/11   465   31   70
01/06/12   427   26   <20
04/12/12   378   23   <20 Change to Truvada/Viramune
05/15/12   461   30   <20
10/02/12   678   28   <20
02/22/13   720   27   <20

Offline aztecan

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Re: SELENIUM
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2012, 10:06:13 AM »
Well, just to add my 2 cents worth,

I have been taking selenium since 1992, when my doctor at the time recommended I take 200 mcgs a day.

I remember reading somewhere that more than 200 mcgs was not a good idea, but I can't remember where that was at the moment.

If I do, I will post it.

HUGS,

Mark
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~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline MilburnCreek

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Re: SELENIUM
« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2012, 07:54:20 AM »
I just started taking that same dose myself.  Most of what I have read in professional medical journals appears to support it, so we shall see . . .

Offline Reishi

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Re: SELENIUM
« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2013, 03:16:23 AM »
After I tested positive, I used to take 500 micrograms of selenium every day.

Wow!  That's kind of on the high side.  And here I thought my 400 mcg a day was excessive. 

I have read various studies which say selenium is helpful for HIV infection and that it's often deficient in poz people.  It supposedly helps protect your cells against viruses.  Before I started medication, I was taking twice the recommended dose of selenium in an effort to stay healthy.  That was 400 mcg a day.  I figured it wouldn't cause any harm because the high dose was only for a few weeks.  Now I'm back down to 200 mcg a day.

I consider selenium and green tea two must haves  (besides ARV meds, obviously.)
« Last Edit: May 30, 2013, 03:18:35 AM by Reishi »

 


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