Nutrition and immunity: you are what you eat

ACRIA Update, Spring 2002 – Vol. 11, No. 2

People with HIV often take micronutrient supplements, but the research has not yet proven what the most useful dosages are for these individuals.

Certain nutrients may directly influence the immune system’s ability to fight infection. For example, cells that are supplemented with vitamin D appear to prevent Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) from growing in macrophages from HIV-positive patients.

This article will briefly review selected micronutrients and their known functions in the complex immune system.

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