Polyunsaturated fatty acids: Immunomodulators in older adults

Frances Hardin-Fanning, Gilbert A. Boissonneault, Terry A. Lennie

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The immune system tends to become less efficient as people age, and nutrition plays a significant role in older adults' immune responses. In particular, dietary fatty acids are precursors to important immune system components. Certain fatty acids, predominantly those that are polyunsaturated, also tend to decrease the risk of certain neurological diseases in older adults. This article describes the impact of dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) on older adults' immune system and discusses the roles of age and immune status with regard to PUFA supplements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-28
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Gerontological Nursing
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing (all)
  • Gerontology


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