Supplementing daily with the essential trace mineral selenium may reportedly suppress the progression of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and improve immune cell counts. Some research supports the use of selenium as an additional therapy for HIV and AIDS, although evidence of its long-term impact is lacking.
Selenium deficiency has been observed in people with HIV infection and AIDS. Mortality rates among HIV-infected adults and children are higher when blood concentrations of selenium are low, possibly due to weakened immune systems.
A recent study showed that daily supplementation with selenium elevates the blood selenium levels and suppresses the progression of HIV-1 viral load, which is encouraging considering the challenges of using conventional drugs to achieve and maintain suppression of HIV. Selenium is safe to supplement, and could serve as an inexpensive supplement to treatment. Brazil nuts are extremely high in selenium: one ounce contains 780 percent of the daily value! Click here to read an article published in BBC News that details the study: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6623631.stm