Immune-modulating dietary components and nutraceuticals

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Until recently, nutritional strategies have largely focused on altering the composition of foods in order to alleviate stresses on certain organ types. However, arguably the most exciting development in clinical nutrition has been the appreciation that certain nutrients have pharmacological effects and can directly modulate pathophysiological processes and thus affect the outcome of some diseases. This chapter observes Immune-enhancing diets; Other nutraceuticals and use in veterinary medicine; and Conclusions.

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7.1 Chemical structures of linoleic and alpha-linolenic acid. The designation omega-6 relates to the presence of the first double bond on the sixth carbon away from the omega end (methyl group) of the molecule.
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7.2 Metabolic pathways of conversion of polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega-6 and omega-3) into prostaglandins and leucotrienes.
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