Diet and Human Immune Function

  • David A. Hughes
  • L. Gail Darlington
  • Adrianne Bendich

Part of the Nutrition and Health book series (NH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Susanna Cunningham-Rundles
      Pages 17-34
    3. David I. Thurnham, Christine A. Northrop-Clewes
      Pages 35-64
    4. Deborah O’Neil, Denise Kelly
      Pages 65-77
    5. John D. Bogden, Donald B. Louria
      Pages 79-101
  3. Vitamins and Immune Responses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Richard D. Semba
      Pages 105-131
    3. Ronald Anderson
      Pages 133-148
    4. Sung Nim Han, Simin Nikbin Meydani
      Pages 149-164
    5. David A. Hughes
      Pages 165-183
    6. Ho-Kyung Kwak, Jeffrey B. Blumberg
      Pages 185-199
  4. Minerals and Immune Responses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Günter Weiss
      Pages 203-215
    3. Geoffrey J. Beckett, John R. Arthur, Sue M. Miller, Roddie C. McKenzie
      Pages 217-240
    4. Klaus-Helge Ibs, Lothar Rink
      Pages 241-259
  5. Nutrition, Immunity, and Disease

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261
    2. L. Gail Darlington
      Pages 263-285
    3. Marco Di Monaco
      Pages 287-301
    4. Marianna K. Baum, Adriana Campa
      Pages 303-325
    5. Kay J. Rutherfurd-Markwick, Harsharnjit S. Gill
      Pages 327-344
    6. Kent L. Erickson, Darshan S. Kelley, Neil E. Hubbard
      Pages 345-360
  6. Environmental Stressors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 361-361
    2. Bente K. Pedersen
      Pages 363-379
    3. Karl E. Friedl
      Pages 381-396
    4. Adrianne Bendich, Ronit Zilberboim
      Pages 411-439
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 441-468

About this book


It is now widely appreciated that nutrition contributes significantly to the optimal working of the immune system and hence to personal health. In Diet and Human Immune Function, leading international researchers and clinicians comprehensively detail what is known about the ability of diet to enhance human immune function in health, disease, and under various conditions of stress. The authors offer state-of-the-art critical appraisals of the influences on the human immune system of several important vitamins (vitamins A, C, and E, as well as carotenoids, such as b-carotene) and minerals (iron, selenium, and zinc), both singly and in combination. The authors also examine how nutrition modulates immune function in such disease states as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, HIV infection, and cancer. Immune responses to three forms of stress-vigorous exercise, military conditions, and air pollution (in relation to allergic asthma)-are discussed in depth in unique chapters not found in any other texts. Probiotics and long-chain fatty acids are also examined for their immunomodulatory effects. A much-needed overview of the nutritional consequences of drug-disease interactions provides recommendations for potential nutritional interventions that could increase drug efficacy and/or reduce adverse side effects. "Conclusions" and "Take Home Messages" at the end of each chapter give physicians clearly stated clinical instructions about special diets and dietary components for immune-related disease states.
Authoritative and highly practical, Diet and Human Immune Function provides a critical survey of the most up-to-date clinical studies of nutritional effects on immune responses for disease prevention and therapy, documenting for practicing physicians, nutritionists, immunologists, and educated consumers the enormous potential of diet to modulate immune function beneficially.


Carotenoids Intervention Nutrition Vitamin A Vitamin C Vitamin E allergy cancer

Editors and affiliations

  • David A. Hughes
    • 1
  • L. Gail Darlington
    • 2
  • Adrianne Bendich
    • 3
  1. 1.Nutrition DivisionInstitute of Food ResearchNorfolkUK
  2. 2.Epsom and St. Helier University Hospitals NHS TrustSurreyUK
  3. 3.GlaxoSmithKline Consumer HealthcareParsippanyUSA

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