Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Vitamin C May Inhibit AIDS Virus

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Vitamin C May Inhibit AIDS Virus

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Two scientists at the Linus Pauling of Science and Medicine Institute at Palo Alto, California, conducted research with Dr. Pauling in a search for a substance that could retard the growth of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) virus. They might have found one in vitamin C.

According to Dr. Rax J. Jariwalla, vitamin C interferes with replication of the virus (HIV), the agent that is clinically associated with AIDS. Dr. Jariwalla is a currently an investigator in viral, immune, and metabolic diseases at the California Institute for Medical Research in San Jose. From 1982 to 1996 he worked at the Linus Pauling Institute.

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 coworkers into two different lines of infected antibodies (T-lymphocytes). …

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