Infections are in the news.
From run-of-the-mill colds and flu to the larger one
that is all over the news 24/7, infections got our interest.
While an answer to “the” infection is being worked
on, working to make sure
that St. Francisville immune systems are at their optimal level
to fight and fight off what infections it can is a worthy effort. St. Francisville chiropractic patients surely
grasp the benefits of
vitamins C and D. Nutrition is an integral part of health and chiropractic treatment plan. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville shares
their advantages to a healthy immune system and
some new medical research studies to support them.
VITAMIN C TO REDUCE INFLAMMATION
When the risk of infection is great, we
all hope for options for prevention and treatment whose risk of side-effects is low.
In comes vitamin C. Vitamin C is a potent
anti-oxidant especially when acquired intravenously.
Its potential effect is that of decreasing
inflammation in the lungs. Vitamin C is written to have antiviral properties as well. (1) L-ascorbic acid of vitamin C is a familiar
anti-viral agent, one of the more well known ones, particularly
when facing the influenza virus. Starting it
early on in an infection, vitamin C showed anti-viral immune
responses as it raised the production of the anti-viral
cytokine, interferon-α/β. (2) Vitamin C is quite influential! Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville encourages use of vitamin C.
VITAMIN D TO REDUCE INFECTION RISK
An influential research paper in Nutrients states
that options to reduce infection spread are in demand and presents
vitamin D as a viable option. Vitamin D decreases respiratory tract infection risk. How? It makes
cathelicidins and defensins which can lower replication rates of viruses,
reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines that inflame and injure
the lining of the lungs, and multiply anti-inflammatory
cytokines. Vitamin D supplementation may be useful to decrease
respiratory tract infection risk. How? Researchers suggested
that persons at-risk of infection ingest 10,000 IU per day
of vitamin D3 for a few weeks to raise the 25(OH)D concentrations first then consuming
5000 IU a day. If someone has an infection currently,
higher doses of vitamin D3 may be useful. (3) Vitamin D is really
…ADD NUTRITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE PLAN
The published data is meant to be influential when
it comes to making recommendations for health.
A lot has been published in the medical literature about the
importance of nutrition and the immune
system’s optimal function. Vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and folate (B9)
along with trace elements like iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, and selenium also are
important contributors to a robust immune system that can adapt to various threats. Deficiencies of many of these nutrients
is global, leaving many unable to
resist infections. Authors wrote specifically
that Vitamin D deficiency added to heightened
risk for respiratory infection. Several research papers noted
that vitamin D supplementation decreased the risk of such infections
in kids and adults. With such information, authors of
a recent review of the literature about vitamins and immunity and
respiratory infections stated that they strongly urge
public health officials to add nutritional
recommendations – even taking more than the “recommended dietary allowance” (RDA) within recommended upper safety
limits for specific ones like C and D - to their catalog
of guidelines to enrich public health and curb
the effects of seasonal and other such viruses. (4)
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with [[compayname]] today. Having a strong immune system may be the best offense against infection as no one likes living with infection 24/7! Go vitamin C! Go vitamin D! St. Francisville
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spinal manipulation to care for our St. Francisville
chiropractic patients, family and friends.