Ageing and the immune response and the impact of nutrition

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From an early age we are protected from potential pathogens by our immune system with successful responses provided us with antigen specific memory ; cells capable of responding rapidly to subsequent exposure. As there are no ; completely sterile environments any individual who survives to old age must ; have combated many possible infectious agents, and built up a large bank of ; memory cells, and so theoretically should be able to cope with any potential pathogen they have seen before. Unfortunately this doesn't seem to happen, and infectious agents which have been overcome earlier in life may return and prove more problematic. Therapeutic intervention including dietary supplements may provide the answer.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAgro Food Industry Hi-Tech
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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