Natural Immunomodulators: Promising Therapy for Disease Management

Natural Sources of Immunomodulators

Author(s): Vishal Bhange, Monika Kale, Ankita Dudhal, Nikhil Putta, Mukta Abhyankar, Supriya Jagtap and Vandana S. Nikam * .

Pp: 75-107 (33)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815123258123010006

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


Nature is replete with an arsenal of compounds that can be investigated for their therapeutic potential. The immune system involvement in severe chronic illnesses or emerging infectious diseases has provided clinical evidence. The prevention and treatment of these diseases targeted at the immune system with natural immunomodulators are gaining momentum, owing to their diverse array of activities. Treating acute illnesses with modern medicines has been successful; however, treating chronic illness treatment remains elusive and disappointing. Notably, this chapter reviews the natural resources of immunomodulators. Natural immunomodulators from plants, marine, and animals are of prime importance, and they possess many pharmacological activities. Similarly, microbiota modifiers - prebiotics, probiotics, and micronutrients- are imperative in restoring immune homeostasis. This chapter summarizes these natural immunomodulators and their power to boost immunity and human well-being. 

Keywords: Alkaloids, Glycosides, Micronutrients, Microbiota, Natural Immunomodulators, Prebiotics, Probiotics

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