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Micronutrients and respiratory infections: the biological rationale and current state of clinical evaluation

Rowe, Sam, Collins, Patrick D, Stacey, Susan E and Carr, Anitra C (2021) 'Micronutrients and respiratory infections: the biological rationale and current state of clinical evaluation'. British Journal of Hospital Medicine, Vol 82, Issue 4.

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Abstract

A range of nutrients has been studied or proposed for use in preventing respiratory tract infections and reducing their severity. This article gives a narrative review of the existing literature, biological rationales and current state of clinical evaluation for micronutrient therapies. The importance of vitamin A, the B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D, eicosapentaenoic acid, vitamin E, selenium, zinc and a range of combination therapies are discussed, looking at their effects on reducing rates of infection, reducing severity of infection and improved recovery from infection. Further discussion regarding the level of evidence required for nutritional interventions is included.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QU Biochemistry > Vitamins > QU 145 Nutrition. Nutritional requirements
QU Biochemistry > Vitamins > QU 160 Vitamins. Vitamin requirements
WB Practice of Medicine > WB 102 Clinical medicine
WF Respiratory System > WF 20 Research (General)
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.12968/hmed.2020.0730
Depositing User: Amy Smith
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2021 13:02
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2021 13:02
URI: https://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/18336

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