March #21 : The Right Stuff - by Enid Vazquez

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Larry Kramer Gets Angry

Radiant Radical

Adventures in Brain Chemistry

Cackles, Cauldrons, and Carrots

Johnny Appleseed

The Way To a Man's Heart

Tools of the Trade

Life Imitates Art

S.O.S.-March 1997

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Notes of a Native Son

Out in the Cold

Cocktail Hour

Gallo's Humor

Vanity Unfair

Uh-Oh, Canada

Dental Damns

School for Scandal

"Provide" Services

Goes Around, Comes Around

Whatever Happened to Mary Jane

The Buddy Line

Rebel YELL

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Body at Work

Alive and Kicking

ACTing UP All Over

All in Good Time

Tabling the Situation

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ACT UP's First Days

5,985 and Counting

A Specific Point of View

Dead Gorgeous

Sex and the Single Positoid

Misplaced Lust

The Anger Channel

Dose of Reality

Feeling Blue? Much to Do!

Kicking Butt

Expand Your Medicine Cabinet

Wean on Me

Feeling Queasy? Help is Easy

The Right Stuff

A Load Off His Mind

Carbo Diem

Monkey Business

Taking Action

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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March 1997

The Right Stuff

by Enid Vazquez

Tips for choosing a good multivitamin/mineral tablet

Wanna pop another pill? Yeah, right. But wait! We're talking a multivitamin/mineral tablet.

"A multivitamin with minerals is the most inexpensive, convenient and safe way to improve your health," says Eve Prang Plews, a licensed nutritional counselor in Sarasota, Florida. She has seen neurological, immune, digestive and nervous system improvements in people with HIV whose only daily supplement is a multivitamin. She recommends beginning a multi the day of diagnosis and adding individual nutrients if affordable.

But One-A-Day is not what the doctor ordered. Lark Lands, an HIV nutrition educator in Georgetown, Colorado, recommends shopping for a hypoallergenic, sugar-free multivitamin/mineral. Key features to look for:

Good absorption and metabolic function. Choose tablets with minerals that pass more easily through the intestinal wall-those with names ending in citrate, fumarate, malate, asparate, ascorbate, glycinate, picolinate, and those from vegetable culture sources. Avoid gluconates, carbonates, oxides and sulfates.

Important trace minerals (such as chromium, zinc, manganese, molybdenum and selenium) as well as important macrominerals (such as calcium, magnesium and potassium).

An extensive list of B vitamins, using advanced forms (coenzymes) to make up for an inability to convert the vitamins. For example, B-6 in the form of pyridoxal-5-phosphate, not pyridoxine; and B-2 in the form of riboflavin-5-phosphate, not just riboflavin.

Natural vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol) rather than synthetic (dl-alpha tocopherol).

Very high potency. Even though there are no firm rules here, researchers have found people with HIV may need five to 25 times the RDA (recommended daily allowance) of such vitamins at B-6, B-12, C and E.

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