The human papillomavirus, or HPV, often manifests itself through the display of genital warts. HPV isn’t usually lethal for carriers, but some types can elevate to more serious conditions, such as cervical, rectal or penile cancer. Most doctors and nutritionists recommend a healthy diet to keep HPV in check. Some vitamins play key roles in managing the disease.
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Vitamin C is available throughout most of the world, at least where fruits and vegetables are plentiful. Citrus fruits, such as oranges, clementines and grapefruit, and other fruits sometimes confused as vegetables, such as red bell peppers, are extremely high in vitamin C. Juices extracted from these sources also serve as acceptable ways to gain daily vitamin C. Unlike some other vitamins, vitamin C has no known toxicity level, meaning that daily amounts consumed either through eating the sources or in supplement form can top 2,000 to 5,000 mg daily. Vitamin C is a known immune system booster, which can help suppress the disease.
Vitamin E is abundant in many heart-healthy nuts like almonds and hazelnuts as well as in dark green veggies like spinach, olives, asparagus and broccoli. Fleshy fruits such as avocados, papayas, mangoes and pumpkins are also dense in the vitamin. Oils obtained from these sources — olive oil is one example — also contain the vitamin. The recommended daily dosage for the average sized adult is about 15 mg a day, easily obtained by eating one serving of the above sources or through a liquid capsule supplement. In relation to HPV, vitamin E helps support immune function as well as act as an antioxidant.
There are eight individually named B vitamins: thiamine (B-1), riboflavin (B-2), niacin (B-3), pantothenic acid (B-5), pyridoxine (B-6), biotin (B-7), folic acid (B-9) and B-12, which is made of a combination of enzymes. B vitamins help HPV patients maintain healthy skin, metabolize other vitamins and support immune function. Sources for vitamin B are widespread, from whole-grain unprocessed baked goods to beans, hot peppers, bananas and molasses. Meat is a prime source of vitamin E, but HPV patients should avoid red meat, which is high in iron and will exacerbate HPV symptoms.
Multivitamins are one way HPV patients can obtain the previously mentioned vitamins. However, well-known multivitamins such as the Centrum brand may not be the best choice because commercial brands contain a large percentage of daily iron, which, can be troublesome for HPV patients. Some vitamins sold at health and natural food stores, such as Natrol and NSI, contain all of the needed vitamin doses but do not contain iron, making them potential options for patients.