January / December #19 : Q Tip - by Wista Jeanne Johnson

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Cheese and Crackers

Blood from a Stone

A World Drenched in Blood

The Bride Wore White

Life After Ryan

Dream Team

Unmasked Avenger



Special Delivery

Tattoo Hullabaloo

Dirty Sticks, Dirty Tricks

Best Little U.S. AIDS Hospital

Blow It Dry

Desert Flora Has Anti-HIV Aura

DOT's the Limit

Murder by Member

Milk and Money

Stoned in a Park

By Any Peer Necessary


Dubin's List

Blood Money


If the Birds Come

POZ Picks-December 1996/January 1997

Home of the Brave

POZ Biz-December 1996/January 1997

Tribute-December 1996/January 1997

Patrick Webb's Adventures With Punchinello

Cremation Sensation

Sexual Healing

A Holistic Holiday How-To

Wisdom Out of Africa

And Nary a Drop to Drink

Adding in the Health Factor

Hitting Herpes Hard

Q Tip

Managed Care Joins Death and Taxes

Play Your Cards Right

Raising Hormones

Deadly Cocktails

In the Den

The Dating Game

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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January / December 1997

Q Tip

by Wista Jeanne Johnson

CoQ10 is a potent antioxidant that may help T-cells function better

Finding a way to detox from heavy HIV-related medications can be difficult, but coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), a vitamin-like nutrient, may offer important aid. Clinical studies of CoQ10 in people with cancer, which show significant reduction in chemotherapy's toxicity, have led many PWAs to use CoQ10 in the hope of reducing side effects of antiretrovirals or chemo.

CoQ10, a nutrient found in every cell of the body, is key to production of cellular energy. A potent antioxidant itself, CoQ10 also reactivates spent vitamin E and prevents the destruction of beta-carotene. Numerous studies conducted among non-HIV populations have found that CoQ10 supplements help repair heart damage, heal periodontal disease and boost immunity-by restoring impaired CD4 cell functioning among other ways. In one study, PWAs had lower blood levels of CoQ10 than control subjects, leading to a pilot treatment study in PWAs, whose symptom reduction was found to be "very encouraging and even striking" after four to seven months by University of Texas researchers. But as often happens with unpatentable products, a proposed clinical trial was rejected by the National Institutes of Health.

Dosages of CoQ10 must be particularized based on the health and other treatments of each person. (It remains nontoxic even at high doses.) Nonprofit buyers clubs sell 150 30-mg CoQ10 tablets for about $20. The product can also be found at many vitamin stores and pharmacies where the same quantity may cost up to $40.

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