Over the last decade, there has been a steady increase in the popularity and usage of natural products to enhance overall health. These “nutraceuticals” and “functional foods” modulate the function of various physiological systems including the immune system. By altering immunity, it is possible to augment an individual’s ability to ward off infection, or suppress autoimmunity and chronic inflammatory diseases. Thus, the renaissance of herbal extracts as well as the increased consumption of other dietary components has afforded the public a relatively inexpensive way to self-medicate.
|Title of host publication
|Immunotoxicology and Immunopharmacology, Third Edition
|Number of pages
|Published - Jan 1 2006