A healthy immune system is vital to a healthy lifestyle. In a time where public health is dominating the headlines, this week’s ‘Experts in Sport’ podcast discusses what role – if any – supplements can play for both the general population and elite level athletes.
Host Martin Foster (Applied Sport Management Lead) is joined by regular contributor Dr Martin Lindley, Senior Lecturer and Director of Biosciences within the University’s School of Sport, Health and Exercises Sciences, and Mike Gleeson, Professor of Exercise Biochemistry.
Professor Gleeson retired in 2016 after 40 years of research and teaching in diet, metabolism, health, and the performance of athletes.
The podcast begins with Professor Gleeson providing an overview of the immune system:
“The immune function relies on lots of different nutrients as it’s such a diverse, complex system. We know that specific deficiencies, such as simple things like not taking on enough energy or protein, can suppress immunity. Some of the essential micronutrients – iron, copper, zinc, selenium, vitamin A, B, D, etc are all very important for immune function.
“Essentially we need an adequate nutrient supply to achieve an adequate nutrient status. That will give us good immune function and better defence against viruses and bacteria.”
The conversation turns to elite level athletes and the nutrient deficiencies which are often found amongst this group: