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Question: Can the immune system be stimulated or augmented with certain types of nutrition?

Answer:

Yes. Nutrition in general supports the immune system and the provision of certain nutrients to stressed trauma patients has been shown to lower septic complications. A 1994 study showed a significantly decreased incidence of abdominal abscess and multi-organ failure after using an enteral formula enriched with glutamine, arginine, omega-3 PUFA, nucleotides, and branched-chain amino acids. Decreased ventilator, ICU, and hospital days were noted in the study group but did not reach statistical significance. Other work with arginine and omega-3 PUFA in burns showed fewer wound infections and shorter hospital stays and improved lymphocyte blastogenesis.

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