[Vitamins and Immune System Health]

Sichuan Da Xue Xue Bao Yi Xue Ban. 2023 Jan;54(1):7-13. doi: 10.12182/20230160107.
[Article in Chinese]


Keeping the immune system healthy forms an effective way to fight infections. Past experience has shown that, in addition to effective interventions including vaccination, drug therapy, and non-pharmaceutical intervention (NPI), dietary nutrition and mental health are also key factors in maintaining immune system health and combating emerging and sudden outbreaks of infections. As the main dietary nutrients, vitamins are active regulators of the immune response and exert a critical impact on the immunity of the human body. Vitamin deficiency causes increased levels of inflammation and decreased immunity, which usually starts in the oral tissues. Appropriate vitamin supplementation can help the body optimize immune function, enhance oral immunity, and reduce the negative impact of pathogen infection on the human body, which makes it a feasible, effective, and universally applicable anti-infection solution. This review focuses on the immunomodulatory effects of vitamin A, B, C, D, and E and proposes that an omics-based new systemic approach will lead to a breakthrough of the limitations in traditional single-factor single-pathway research and provide the direction for the basic and applied research of vitamin immune regulation and anti-infection in all aspects.

Keywords: Immunity; Infections; Vitamin.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dietary Supplements
  • Humans
  • Immune System / physiology
  • Inflammation / drug therapy
  • Vitamin A* / pharmacology
  • Vitamin K / pharmacology
  • Vitamins* / pharmacology
  • Vitamins* / therapeutic use


  • Vitamins
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin K