A healthy and varied diet is important for everyone. It is extra important for people with HIV to choose food that contributes to a higher resistance. This strengthens the immune system and makes you more resistant to side effects of HIV inhibitors. Your immune system mainly needs vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and proteins.
- Vitamins maintain and strengthen the immune system. They build, protect, restore and detoxify. They help in the production of substances and in the metabolism. They convert food into energy and prevent premature aging.
- Minerals transport oxygen and energy. They are important for the maintenance and repair of tissues and bones, for the nervous system, certain brain functions and muscle contraction.
- Antioxidants defend the body against premature aging. They protect against cardiovascular disease, thrombosis, certain cancers.
- Proteins are responsible for the replacement and construction of tissue and provide energy. A deficiency leads to a reduced resistance.