UK food standards agency workshop report: diet and immune function

Peter Sanderson, Rachel L Elsom, Verity Kirkpatrick, Philip C Calder, Jayne V Woodside, Elizabeth A Williams, Lothar Rink, Susan Fairweather-Tait, Kamal Ivory, Margherita Cantorna, Bernhard Watzl, Elaine M Stone

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The UK Food Standards Agency convened a workshop on 13 May 2009 to discuss recently completed research on diet and immune function. The objective of the workshop was to review this research and to establish priorities for future research. Several of the trials presented at the workshop showed some effect of nutritional interventions (e.g. vitamin D, Zn, Se) on immune parameters. One trial found that increased fruit and vegetable intake may improve the antibody response to pneumococcal vaccination in older people. The workshop highlighted the need to further clarify the potential public health relevance of observed nutrition-related changes in immune function, e.g. susceptibility to infections and infectious morbidity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1684-1687
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Nutrition
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010


  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aging
  • Antibody Formation
  • Diet
  • Food
  • Fruit
  • Government Agencies
  • Great Britain
  • Humans
  • Immunity
  • Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Selenium
  • Vaccines
  • Vegetables
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamins
  • Zinc

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