Research: MEYDANI and HAN,

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MEYDANI and HAN, Nutritional Immunology Laboratory, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, Boston, MA 02111, USA,, have reviewed (105 references) vitamin E and immune functioning in the elderly. Abstract: Nutritional status has been implicated in age-related dysregulation of the immune response. Vitamin E is important for normal function of immune cells. The elderly are at a greater risk of lower than recommended vitamin E intake. Vitamin E supplementation above currently recommended levels has been shown to improve immune functions in the elderly including delayed-type hypersensitivity skin response and antibody production in response to vaccination. This was shown to be mediated through increased production of interleukin-2, leading to enhanced proliferation of T cells, and through reduced production of prostaglandin E(2), a T-cell suppressive factor. Vitamin E increased both cell-dividing and interleukin-producing capacities of T cells. The vitamin E-induced enhancement of immune functions in the aged was associated with significant improvement in resistance to influenza infection in aged mice and a reduced risk of acquiring upper respiratory infections in nursing home residents. Further studies are needed to determine the signalling mechanisms involved in the immune-enhancing mechanisms of vitamin E.






Meydani SN, Han SN. Wu D. Vitamin E and immune response in the aged: molecular mechanisms and clinical implications. Immunological Reviews 205 : 269-284, Jun 2005.


There have been numerous such research studies documenting the benefits of supplements including vitamin E in the health, immunity and longevity of the elderly.

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