Role of Nutrition in Developing Immunity in Infants

Sumitha Nayak

Abstract

Every newborn has an immature immune system at birth. However, in utero, the passive transfer of immunity from the mother provides some protection. The nutrition that is provided to the infant plays a vital role in the development of active immunity. The neutrophilic responses, T and B lymphocytic maturation, and other peptides that are required to protect against any disease can be altered based on the nutritional consumption. Every nutrient plays a specific role in aiding maturation of the various aspects involved in the immune response. Hence, it is extremely important to understand and provide all the required nutrients, so that optimal immune system development can occur.

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