Understanding Immunonutritional Ingredients

Immunonutrition is the process of combining specific ingredients to modulate the body’s immune, inflammatory, and metabolic pathways to optimize your patient’s ability to heal after surgery and other high-stress events. For 20 years, physicians, dietitians, and researchers – including the team at Ricochet Nutrition – have identified and studied conditionally essential nutrients and their effects on the body. This research has led to a robust understanding of immunonutrition and how our body utilizes nutrients to optimize the critical pathways involved in combating physical stress and illness. Below, we’ve outlined the key nutrients in immunonutrition and the effects they can have on the body.


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Arginine is a conditionally essential amino acid, meaning that it becomes essential during periods of illness and recovery. Playing a vital role in the regulation of blood pressure, immune responses, and inflammation, arginine is an important component of the healing process. Here are some of its benefits:

Increases T-cell responses to mitogenic stimulation and delayed type hypersensitivity responses
Circulates cytokine levels
Increases NK and LAK cell numbers
Improves nitric oxide production
Enhances wound healing and collagen synthesis

Like Arginine, Glutamine is a conditionally essential amino acid. Naturally found in eggs and meat, Glutamine is a popular nutrient for vegans and vegetarians to take, but it also has some great immunonutrition benefits, including the following:

Increases responses of T-cells to mitogenic stimulation
Increases B lymphocyte differentiation and antibody production
Improves macrophage phagocytosis and neutrophil function
Increases cytokine production
Maintains the intestinal mucosal barrier function

Fatty acids are an essential component of our diets and come in many varieties, including saturated and unsaturated. Here are just a few of the ways fatty acids improve immunonutrition:

Suppresses T-cell proliferative responses to polyclonal mitogens
Reduces NK and Lak cell activity
Impairs cytokine production
Decreases neutrophil and monocyte chemotactic responses and superoxide production
Alters cell membrane function and intracellular signaling

As the building blocks of DNA, nucleotides play several important roles in regulating our body’s functions. In the presence of disease or when there is a high demand for cell growth, dietary nucleotides become conditionally essential. Here are just a few benefits of nucleotides:

Building blocks of DNA and RNA
Essential molecule involved in activities of the cell:
Transfer of energy
Mediator of hormone signals
Protein synthesis and tissue repair

Antioxidants have been extensively studied since the 1990s and are known to combat free radicals which can cause “oxidative stress,” a process that can trigger cell damage. Oxidative stress is thought to play a role in a variety of diseases, and studies have shown immunonutrition formulas that contain antioxidants can decrease chances of infection and improve the outcomes of surgery and cancer treatments.

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Immunonutrition at Ricochet Nutrition

At Ricochet Nutrition, we have combined the ingredients essential to immunonutrition into one medical formula that is specifically designed to optimize your body’s immune system after a stressful event. With Arginine, Glutamine, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Nucleotides, and Antioxidants specifically combined into one formula, you can experience the benefits of advanced recovery. To order RICOCHET, order online or contact us today!