Nutrients in our diet are the essential substrate for all cellular function of our body. Modern dietary habits are main causative factors for abnormal immune response-related illnesses, such as allergy, autoimmunity, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and obesity. Just as particular nutrients make us sick, proper nutrition is one of the most effective and least costly ways to decrease the burden of numerous diseases and associated co-morbidities modulating the immune response.
The potential to modulate the activity of the immune system by interventions with specific nutrients is termed “immunonutrition”. This concept may be applied to any situation in which an altered supply of nutrients is used to modify inflammatory and immune response.
Thus, “immunonutrition” is an emerging and multidisciplinary research area comprising several aspects related to nutrition, immunity, inflammation, infection, and body health with several interactions with microbiome, endocrine, nervous and immune systems.
The research at the “ImmunoNutritionLab” is focused on modern nutritional interventions with a pivotal role in improving the health status of both current and future generations.