Like an army of millions ready to defend its territory, the human immune system acts as the body's primary line of defense-a complex network of interacting cells that protects us from pathogens and other foreign substances. But many components of the immune system exhibit change after prolonged, heavy exertion, indicating that it is suppressed and stressed, albeit transiently, following prolonged endurance exercise.
For marathon runners, distance swimmers and any other endurance athlete who undergoes repeated cycles of heavy exertion, a weakened immune system could lead to health complications such as respiratory infection. As a result, interest in various nutrient supplements with the potential to counter exercise-induced immunosuppression has grown.
Nutrition and Exercise Immunology reviews the link between nutrition and immune function, with special application to athletic endeavor. Written by respected researchers in sports medicine and exercise immunology, this text covers topics such as carbohydrates and the immune response to prolonged exertion; protein, exercise, and immunity; and vitamins, immunity, and infection risk in athletes. It also takes a look at future directions in nutrition and exercise immunology.
For sports medicine professionals, dietitians, nutritionists, exercise immunologists, as well as endurance athletes, Nutrition and Exercise Immunology provides an important and in-depth look into this exciting, new area of scientific research.
Table of Contents
Exercise Immunology: Current Issues - Laurel T. Mackinnon, Department of Human Movement Studies, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Carbohydrates and the Immune Response to Prolonged Exertion - David C. Nieman, Department of Health, Leisure and Exercise Science, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina
Lipids, Exercise, and Immunology - Jaya T. Venkatraman, Department of Physical Therapy, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo; Peter J. Horvath and David R. Pendergast, Department of Physiology, State University of New York at Buffalo
Protein, Exercise, and Immunity - David G. Rowbottom, School of Human Movement Studies, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Glutamine, Exercise, and the Immune System - Bente Pedersen, Copenhagen Muscle Research Center, Department of Infectious Diseases, National University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark; Thomas Rohde and Kenneth Ostrowski
Vitamins, Immunity, and Infection Risk in Athletes - Edith M. Peters, Department of Physiology, Natal Medical School, South Africa
Minerals and Exercise Immunology - Michael Gleeson, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, United Kingdom
Cancer, Nutrition, and Exercise Immunology - Dr. Jeffrey Woods, University of Illinois, Urbana
Exercise, Immune Function, and Nutrition: Summary and Future Perspectives - Pedersen, Nieman
"Dietitians working with athletes and other physically active clientele will find this book an interesting tool to help expand their knowledge of how nutrition and exercise can affect the immune system and alter athletic performance."
-Linda Houtkooper, PhD, RD, and Jaclyn Maurer, Dept. of Nutritional Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA