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St. Francisville Immune-Supporting, Infection-Fighting Vitamins C and D

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 influential!

…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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Schedule your St. Francisville chiropractic appointment 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 chiropractic care features nutrition, exercise and spinal manipulation to care for our St. Francisville chiropractic patients, family and friends.

 
Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville presents details about the benefits of vitamins C and D for the immune system to fight infection.  
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