Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh): Malnutrition is the biggest cause of immunodeficiency in the world. Dr Munira Hussain, professor of food and nutrition, Indore, said so while speaking as the resource person on the fourth day of the week-long online national workshop on ‘Paradigm of Wellness Nutrition.’
It is being organised by department of home science and research centre, Government Girls’ Post-Graduate College and Internal Quality Assurance Cell in collaboration with Vigyan Parishad Prayag, MP Chapter, Indore.
Speaking on the subject nutrition for immunity and dietary myths, Dr Munira said that nutrition is a significant element of immune system of a person. Deficiency of protein-energy and micro nutrients like iron, selenium, zinc, magnesium, vitamin A, C, E, D, B6 and folic acid has a major impact on the immune system.
In the same way, over nutrition and obesity also reduces immunity power. Infants born with low weight have a lack of cellular immunity for a long time and additional zinc supplements are required to improve their immunity. Low immunity among old age people can be improved through micro nutrient supplements.
Nutrition elements play an important role in strengthening anti-bacterial and anti-viral immunity therefore nutritional requirements should be fulfilled in different age groups and phases of life so to prevent oneself form infections and minor ailments, she added.
Expert comments were given by Dr Kamna Nigam. The technical session was followed by question and answer. Programme was conducted and vote of thanks was given by Dr Shashiprabha Jain, convener and head, department of home science.