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Background: A poor nutrient status due to sub-optimal dietary habits increases risk of viral infections. In particular, individuals with low vitamin D, A and E, as well as zinc plasma levels are less likely to develop immune-responses against influenza vaccines. Vitamin C supplementation improves conditions in individuals with acute respiratory infections in some studies. Dietary fiber is inversely correlated with mortality from respiratory/infectious disease. These nutrients are paramount for optimal immune-response, are implicated in oxidative stress, inflammatory processes, and viral rep...

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