AIDS virus may be inhibited by vitamin C.
According to Dr. Rax J. Jariwalla, director of the program, vitamin C interferes with replication of the virus (HIV), the agent that is clinically associated with AIDS.
The study was prompted by a number of reports that the Institute had received from AIDS patients who had taken high doses of vitamin C and had experienced a marked improvement in their condition. A further basis for the research was earlier reports of vitamin C's effects on other viruses, including Rous sarcoma virus, a member of the retrovirus family, which includes HIV.
The effects of the vitamin were tested by Dr. Jariwalla and his co-workers into two different lines of infected antibodies (T-lymphocytes). In chronically infected cells, vitamin C helped to reduce (over 99%) the levels of transcriptase, an enzyme crucial to virus reproduction.
In freshly infected T-lymphocytes, vitamin C also blocked virus-induced cell fusion, a sign of early viral infection.
In view of these findings, Dr. Jariwalla said, it becomes important that clinical studies be undertaken to establish the value of larger doses of vitamin C in HIV - infected individuals and AIDS patients.
The Institute is a nonprofit organization. Since its inception, the Institute has conducted in-depth research on nutritional components, particularly vitamin C (ascorbate), in the management of cancer and other diseases.
In a series of studies, the efficacy of ascorbate has been assessed within whole organisms (in vivo) and in tissue culture (in vitro). A favorable anti-cancer effect has been found when ascorbate is taken within the wide range of well-tolerated human ingestion, but is much above the standard (RDA) dosage levels.
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|Publication:||Nutrition Health Review|
|Date:||Mar 22, 1992|
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