A healthy, balanced diet will help you to get all the vitamins you need – however, many people living with HIV take a multivitamin tablet.
Various studies have come up with different findings around whether vitamin supplements are beneficial for people with HIV who have a balanced diet.
If you are unsure, speak to someone at your HIV clinic to find out whether it is advisable for you or unnecessary.
Taking high doses of the following vitamins and minerals is not recommended as they might become harmful and have side effects:
Herbal remedies are used by some people with HIV. However, you should be careful when using them.
The following herbal supplements might interact with antiretrovirals and reduce their effectiveness:
It is best to consult your HIV clinician, GP or dietitian before taking any herbal remedies.
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I take Ensure plus drinks 3 x daily prescribed by my GP to counteract weight-loss die to poor gut absorption caused by HIV. Trouble is I also have drug-induced diabetes caused by my HIV meds.
There's a fine line to tread here, between slowly disappearing because of weight-loss or damaging my body long-term. Anyone got some advice?
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