27 February 2012

How Liquorices Can Cure HIV/AIDS Symptoms ?

In recent years there have been many claims of finding a cure for HIV/AIDS. All these claims are nothing but cruel jokes played on those suffering from the disease.

As it is, a person suffering from HIV not only has to undergo extreme physical trauma, but will also have to bear with immense mental trauma. It is a commonly known fact that, HIV does not strike immediately, but lies dormant in your body for a considerably long time. During this period, it continuously weakens your immune system. Once your immune system is weak, it strikes in the form of AIDS, giving the victim absolutely no chances of survival.

Although, a number of antiretroviral drugs have been developed in recent times, which can delay the arrival of AIDS, we still do not have any cure for HIV/AIDS. Along with these retroviral drugs, studies have also suggested the presence of many natural components, which can be very effective in the treatment of HIV. One such component is Liquorices or licorice, as it is most commonly known as.

As in case of retroviral drugs, so is it in this case; licorice can not cure HIV/AIDS, but studies have suggested, that it can be quite effective in delaying the growth of HIV into full fledged AIDS. Due to this reason, a number of tests have been conducted on licorice, to see to it, whether, it can be effective in finding a cure for HIV.

Although licorice has been used for medicinal purposes for a fairly long time, especially in the Mediterranean countries, recent studies have revealed some startling facts about it.

According to recent studies, it was found that, glycyrrhizin acid or GA as it is more popularly known as, can be quite effective in destructing cells which are latently infected with Kaposi sarcoma–associated herpes virus.

Now Kaposi sarcoma–associated herpes virus, or KHSV, is a virus, which is characteristic feature in cases of HIV/AIDS; and it supposedly helps the Human Immunodeficiency Virus to survive in latent stage. Therefore, it is suggested by many people that, licorice may ultimately emerge as a great tool for finding a cure for HIV.

Till that happens, you can still use licorice in limited quantities to delay the arrival of AIDs. In fact many scientists have even suggested that, Licorice has the capability to help in fighting the virus, if taken orally or even if injected in the blood stream. You can take 2 gm of licorice root tablets initially.

Although licorice may have many medicinal properties, it should be taken in limited quantities. This is because; excess intake of licorice may cause high blood pressure. It is therefore advisable to consult with your physician before you go for licorice.

19 February 2012

Vitamins- Vital Part of HIV Nutrition and Supplements

HIV is a virus that weakens our immune system. It therefore, becomes very important for a person suffering with HIV to keep his immune system in good shape, in order to delay the arrival of AIDS.

Since the primary aim should be to keep your immune system in good shape, therefore, proper nourishment plays a very vital role in this regard. As it is, Vitamins can play a very pivotal role in delaying the onset of AIDS, thereby improving the lifespan of the patient.

Proper intake of vitamins would not only help an HIV positive person to strengthen his immune system, but would also help in coping up with strong medication which is a common feature of antiretroviral drugs.

Vitamin nutrients like Vitamin A, B1, B6, B12, C and E have been found to be very efficient in strengthening the immune system of the human body. This is very important for an HIV positive person because a strong immune system can downplay the development of HIV and further resist the arrival of AIDS.

Vitamin C is by far one of the most essential vitamins as far as strengthening the immune system is concerned. You can get a good supply of Vitamin C, by including lots of citrus fruits like lemon and tomatoes in your diet chart. Apart from that, most citrus fruits like lemon also have antioxidant properties, which help in prevention of cancer and are also effective in flushing out toxins which cause damage to the cells and the tissues of the body.

Vitamin B12 is another vital nutrient for an HIV positive person. Studies have shown that proper intake of Vitamin B12 can help in fighting problems like deficiency could lead to anemia, depression, neuropathy, rashes, and fatigue, along with serious problems like lymphocytes. Products like beef and chicken are rich in vitamin B12.

Along with these, proper dosage of Vitamin A can help in enhancing the production of helpful body chemicals that fights off the ill effects of HIV. As it is, Beta-carotene can be very effective for an HIV positive person in delaying the arrival of AIDS. Products like eggs, fish and milk are good sources of vitamin A.

Along with these, vitamin B1 and B6 can also prove to be very good for you in warding off the ill effects of HIV.

HIV being such a deadly virus, with no cure till date, the only thing that an HIV positive person can do to increase his/her lifespan is to improve upon the immune system of the body. As it is, vitamins can play a major role in this. However, excess of vitamin intake can cause damage too. It is therefore better to consult your doctor, who would prescribe you with the right dosage of vitamin intake.

05 February 2012

Potential of Genetically Modified Soy to Manage HIV/AIDS in Africa

Genetically modified foods have been a part of our diet, for a very long time. An entire generation of kids has been brought up on genetically modified foods, mainly genetically modified soy.

While the fight continues between the Agro firms and the anti-biotech brigade on the production of genetically modified foods, average people like me are left to wonder; whom to trust. While agro firms would tell you that GM foods are alright for consumption, the anti-biotech brigade would come up with a different version, telling you about the harmful effects of consuming genetically modified stuffs.

Anyhow, genetically modified stuffs are here to stay and we can love them, or we can hate them, but we can not simply ignore them. The latest addition to the long list genetically modified foods, is GM soy for HIV/AIDS patients.

The company, in news is Solae, which is a US-based soy ingredient company. With its announcement, to commission a study to find out whether soy products can be used to improve the health of HIV/AIDS sufferers in South Africa, it has once again brought the issue of GM food consumption in the forefront.

As it aims to make soy protein-enhanced drinks for HIV/AIDS sufferers in Africa; in collaboration with the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health and the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa; the debate gets hotter and hotter. While around ninety percent of soy produced in the U.S. is genetically modified, South Africa, on the other hand, is steadily becoming a hub of genetically modified crops. In fact, according to a recent study the bulk of soy currently being grown in South Africa is genetically engineered.

We already see signs of a battle brewing up between both the lobbies, with the anti-biotech brigade claiming that this is just another conspiracy between the biotech industry and the academia to exploit the vulnerability of HIV/AIDS sufferers in Africa to market genetically modified products. However, Solae has agreed to let the findings of this study peer-reviewed and published in a respectable scientific journal.

Now, if the GM soy actually works, then it can work wonders for millions of people all across the globe, who are suffering from HIV/AIDS; and at the same time, are not able to afford the antiretroviral drug therapy. Africa, as it might be known to you, is perhaps the worst affected region, as far as the HIV/AIDS catastrophe is concerned. GM soy can prove to be a boon for them, provided, it actually works the same way as claimed.

Whether GM soy can actually help people suffering from HIV/AIDS, would be figured out in future. Till then we need to keep our fingers crossed and hope that the turnout comes up with a positive result.