Various studies have shown many benefits to proper nutrition. Antioxidants have been shown to play a role in decreasing the effects of aging, while certain vitamins are believed to decrease the risk of some chronic diseases.
Now, a new study conducted by researchers from Alberta University has found that high levels of nutrients may give a significant boost to the immune system. Researchers said that results could provide an avenue to better health for millions of individuals.
Richard Lamb, who led the study, said that high levels of vitamins and nutrients increases the production of certain amino acids that signal the immune system when the body is under attack from viruses and bacteria.
These amino acids also play a role reducing inflammation throughout the body, which is a factor that increases the risk of heart disease and some cancers. Well-nourished immune cells are vital to this process.
"This is a major work," said Lamb. "If this holds true it shows that one aspect of nutrition that is critical is the level of amino acids."