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AIDS and Fatty Acids

The balance of fatty acids inside the body plays a pivotal role in modulating immune function and inflammatory response. Because omega 3-polyunsaturated acids decrease the production of certain cytokines - proteins that regulate many immune reactions within the body - they may help to guard against some of the debilitating conditions associated with AIDS, such as intestinal mucosal damage (see AIDS and Intestinal Permeability) and AIDS wasting syndrome.1,2

AIDS patients often exhibit significantly reduced levels of essential and metabolic fatty acids.3 One group of researchers even proposed that a deficiency in gamma-linolenic and/or eicosapentaenoic acid may make an individual more susceptible to develop AIDS. They argued that because these important fatty acids exert anti-viral effects and indirectly modulate immune response, they are potentially important in the treatment and prevention of AIDS.4

The Essential and Metabolic Fatty Acids Analysis identifies levels of 30 individual fatty acids and determines five crucial fatty acid ratios, establishing a clear and solid foundation for designing and monitoring a precise, effective nutritional dietary and/or supplement program for each individual patient.

References:
1 Razzini E, Baronzio GF. Omega-3 fatty acids as coadjuvant treatment in AIDS. Med Hypotheses 1993;41(4):300-305.
2 Fogaca H, Souza H, Carneiro AJ, Carvalho AT, Pimental ML, Papelbaum, Elia P, Elia C. Effects of oral nutritional supplementation on the intestinal mucosa of patients with AIDS. J Clin Gastroenterol 1999;30(1):77-80.
3 Begin ME, Manku MS, Horrobin DF. Plasma fatty acid levels in patients with acquired immuned deficiency syndrome and in controls. Prostaglandins Leukot Essential Fatty Acids 1989;37(2):1357.
4 Begin ME, Das UN. A deficiency in dietary gamma-linolenic and/or eicosapentaenoic acids may determine individual susceptibility to AIDS. Med Hypotheses 1986;21(1):1-8.


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