Jariwalla RJ, Niedzwiecki A, Rath M
Botanical Medicine in Clinical Practice, eds. Preedy VR and Watson RR., Chapter 23, 2008
Good nutrition is vital to immune function and disease resistance. Conversely poor nutritional status or malnutrition can lower immunity and predispose to infection. Nutritional deficiencies are common in disorders of the immune system and in viral and bacterial infections. Experimental studies conducted to date with micronutrients have revealed beneficial effects with the potential to combat both immunodeficiency disease and microbial infection.