Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients suffer from oxidative stress, which is characterized by an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to counteract their harmful effects. This study assessed the effect of an antioxidant vitamin supplementation on HIV-infected persons. 49 HIV-positive patients were given either vitamin E and vitamin C or a placebo for 3 months. The results showed that vitamin E and C reduced oxidative stress in HIV-infected patients. More details can be found in the study.
J P Allard, E Aghdassi, J Chau, C Tam, C M Kovacs, I E Salit, S L Walmsley