Vancouver Immune-Supporting, Infection-Fighting Vitamins C and D

Infections are in the news. From run-of-the-mill colds and flu to the larger issue that is all over the news 24/7, infections got our attention. While a solution to “the” infection is being sought, ensuring that Vancouver immune systems are at their optimum to deal with and ward off what infections it can is worth the effort. Vancouver chiropractic patients certainly grasp the benefits of vitamins C and D. Nutrition is an integral part of health and chiropractic treatment plan.  Vancouver Spine Care Centre shares their benefits to a healthy immune system and some impressive medical research studies to back them up.

VITAMIN C TO REDUCE INFLAMMATION

When the risk of infection is great, we all want prevention and treatment options whose risk of side-effects is low. In comes vitamin C. Vitamin C is a potent anti-oxidant particularly when acquired intravenously. Its likely effect is that of lowering inflammation in the lungs. Vitamin C is written to have antiviral properties as well. (1) L-ascorbic acid of vitamin C is a recognized anti-viral agent, one of the better known ones, especially when dealing with the influenza virus. Taken early on in an infection, vitamin C demonstrated anti-viral immune responses as it raised the production of the anti-viral cytokine, interferon-α/β. (2) Vitamin C is really influential! Vancouver Spine Care Centre encourages use of vitamin C.

VITAMIN D TO REDUCE INFECTION RISK

An influential research paper in Nutrients reports that options to drop infection spread are in demand and presents vitamin D as a viable option. Vitamin D reduces the risk of respiratory tract infection. How? It produces cathelicidins and defensins which can drop replication rates of viruses, reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines that inflame and injure the lining of the lungs, and increase anti-inflammatory cytokines. Vitamin D supplementation may be useful to reduce 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 per day. If someone has an infection currently, higher doses of vitamin D3 may be helpful. (3) Vitamin D is quite influential!

…ADD NUTRITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE PLAN

The published data is there 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 strong immune system that can change as needed to various threats. Deficiencies of many of these nutrients is global, leaving many not capable of resisting infections. Authors wrote specifically that Vitamin D deficiency contributed to increased risk for respiratory infection. Several research papers mentioned that vitamin D supplementation decreased the risk of such infections in kids and adults. With such information, authors of a new review of the literature about vitamins and immunity and respiratory infections said that they strongly encourage 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 improve public health and restrict the effects of seasonal and other such viruses. (4)

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox about chiropractic care and the immune system on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson.

Schedule your Vancouver chiropractic appointment with [[compayname]] today. Having a strong immune system may be the top offense against infection as no one likes living with infection 24/7! Go vitamin C! Go vitamin D! Vancouver chiropractic care incorporates nutrition, exercise and spinal manipulation to take care of our Vancouver chiropractic patients, family and friends.

 
Vancouver Spine Care Centre shares details about the benefits of vitamins C and D for the immune system to fight infection.  
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