Submitted to: Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: January 20, 2011
Publication Date: December 18, 2012
Citation: Stephensen, C.B., Zunino, S.J. 2012. Nutrition and the Immune System. In: Ross, C., Caballero, B., Cousins, R., Tucker, K., Ziegler, T., editors. Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease. 11th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a division of Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. p. 601-610.
Interpretive Summary: Nutritional status can affect many aspects of immunity, and thus host resistance to infectious disease, or susceptibility to development of chronic disease. In this chapter the authors describe the basic organization and functions of the innate and adaptive immune system. In addition, the effects of specific nutrients on immunity are described, including vitamin A, C, D, E, iron, zinc and fatty acids.