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


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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