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Author Topic: Garlic?  (Read 8852 times)

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Offline Teresa

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« on: June 18, 2006, 12:26:45 am »
I read in another thread that garlic extract wasnt good for people with HIV. What about garlic salt or garlic powder?

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Offline Jacques

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Re: Garlic?
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2006, 01:39:32 am »
Hi Teresa,

According to the "Check my meds" section of this site, there is an interaction between PIs and garlic supplements. See below:

GENERALLY AVOID: Co-administration with garlic supplements may decrease the plasma concentrations of saquinavir and possibly other protease inhibitors (PIs). The exact mechanism is unknown but may involve induction of CYP450 3A4 metabolism and/or P-glycoprotein transport in the intestine by certain component(s) of garlic. In nine healthy, HIV-negative volunteers, investigators from the National Institutes of Health found that pretreatment with a garlic supplement (GarliPure Maximum Allicin Formula twice daily for 3 weeks) reduced the mean peak plasma concentration (Cmax) and area under the concentration-time curve (AUC) of saquinavir (soft gelatin capsule 1200 mg 3 times daily for 10 doses during the last 4 days of garlic supplementation) by 54% and 51%, respectively, compared to baseline when saquinavir was administered alone. The effects appear to be sustained, since saquinavir Cmax and AUC returned to just 61% and 65% of baseline, respectively, after a 10-day washout period. Whether and how dietary garlic or other formulations of garlic supplement may affect saquinavir pharmacokinetics are currently unknown. It is also uncertain if and to what extent the interaction may occur with other PIs, which are also substrates of CYP450 3A4. MANAGEMENT: Given the risk of reduced viral susceptibility and resistance development associated with subtherapeutic antiretroviral drug levels, garlic supplements should preferably be avoided in patients treated with PIs, particularly if they are using saquinavir as the sole PI in their antiretroviral regimen. Patients should be advised to consult with their caregivers before using any herbal or alternative medicines.

But I also saw on HIV nutrition sites that raw or garlic powder  in cooking are okay if used with moderation.

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Offline J.R.E.

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Current Meds ; Viramune / Epzicom , 20 mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Amlodipine Besolate 5mg-- Updated 11/13/21 tested positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of November 2nd,2021,  Viral load Detectable ?

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Offline Markmt

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Re: Garlic?
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2006, 06:52:57 am »
Hi Teresa/Jacques/Ray,

thnks for the refresher...I still doubt when I use garlic, good to read past posts for assurance :)


"Live to love and love to live."

Leo Buscaglia

Offline Teresa

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Re: Garlic?
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2006, 11:11:19 am »
Thanks for all the info guys.
I just love this place..always someone here that will answer my questions.

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Offline clarke

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Re: Garlic?
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2006, 02:28:57 pm »
We both love garlic, especially roasted that you can spread on texas toast.

We use it on a lot of cooking (fish, meats), pasta sauces whatever.  We go thru about 3 bulbs or so in a month.

Offline aphaun

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Re: Garlic?
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2006, 02:27:53 pm »
South Africaís Minister of Health, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang recommends garlic, beetroot and limejuice to treat AIDS!

I donít know if youíre supposed to eat or wear it.


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