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Antioxidant Nutrients and Immune Functions

  • Adrianne Bendich
  • Marshall Phillips
  • Robert P. Tengerdy

Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 262)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Simin Nikbin Meydani, Mohsen Meydani, Jeffrey B. Blumberg
    Pages 57-67
  3. Armond S. Goldman, Randall M. Goldblum, Lars Å. Hanson
    Pages 69-76
  4. Joseph R. Prohaska, Omelan A. Lukasewycz
    Pages 123-143
  5. Robert P. Tengerdy
    Pages 159-161
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 163-171

About this book

Introduction

The detenmnation of optimal nutritional status has traditionally been based upon generalized parameters such as weight gain and body fat levels. Vitamin and mineral requirements were often related to the intakes needed to prevent overt signs of deficiency diseases such as beriberi or scurvy. However, in the past decade or so, there have been intensive investigations to determine the subtle changes in physiological functions associated with marginal micronutrient intakes. There is a growing consensus that immune system activities are very sensitive indicators of micronutrient status. During this decade, there has also been a rapid expansion of research in the role of free radicals and antioxidants in the major chronic diseases which afflict mankind( i.e. cancer, cardiovascular disease,and autoimmune disease). The main function of antioxidant nutrients in an appropriate diet is the prevention of oxidative damage to cells and their physiological functions. Antioxidant nutrients counteract free radicals and damaging oxidative actions on cell membranes. Since the cells of the immune system are rapidly differentiating and proliferating, such dividing and transforming cells are particularly susceptible to damage by oxidation. The interactions of antioxidant nutrition and immune system activities and disease resistance are therefore logical areas for research. Thus, the objective of this symposium was to bring together the leading investigators who have examined the immunological effects of dietary essential nutrients which share the capacity to act as antioxidants.

Keywords

Oxidation Vitamin antioxidant cancer cell membrane fat nutrition prevention

Editors and affiliations

  • Adrianne Bendich
    • 1
  • Marshall Phillips
    • 2
  • Robert P. Tengerdy
    • 3
  1. 1.Hoffmann LaRoche, Inc.NutleyUSA
  2. 2.Agricultural Research Service, USDA, NADCAmesUSA
  3. 3.Colorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4613-0553-8
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-7863-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-0553-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0065-2598
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