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

Infections are in the headlines. From common colds and flu to the big one that is all over the news 24/7, infections got our attention. While a solution to “the” infection is being sought, working to ensure that Groton immune systems are at their optimal level to deal with and ward off what infections it can is worth the effort. Groton chiropractic patients certainly know about the beneficial aspects of vitamins C and D. Nutrition is an integral part of health and chiropractic treatment plan.  Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office presents their benefits to a healthy immune system with some notable medical research studies to back them up.

VITAMIN C TO REDUCE INFLAMMATION

When the risk of infection is high, we all want options for prevention and treatment whose risk of side-effects is low. In comes vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant particularly when taken intravenously. Its potential effect is that of reducing inflammation in the lungs. Vitamin C is written to have antiviral properties, too. (1) L-ascorbic acid of vitamin C is a well-known anti-viral agent, one of the more well known ones, especially when dealing with the influenza virus. Taken early on in an infection, vitamin C showed anti-viral immune responses as it increased the production of the anti-viral cytokine, interferon-α/β. (2) Vitamin C is really influential! Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office 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 states vitamin D as a viable option. Vitamin D decreases the risk of respiratory tract infection. How? It produces cathelicidins and defensins which can lower replication rates of viruses, decrease pro-inflammatory cytokines that inflame and injure the lining of the lungs, and multiply anti-inflammatory cytokines. Vitamin D supplementation may be useful to reduce respiratory tract infection risk. How? Researchers recommended that persons at-risk of infection ingest 10,000 IU a day of vitamin D3 for a few weeks to get the 25(OH)D concentrations up initially then taking 5000 IU per day. If someone has an infection already, 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. Much has been published in the medical literature about the importance of nutrition and the optimal functioning of the immune system. Vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and folate (B9) along with trace elements like iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, and selenium are key contributors also to a robust immune system that can change as needed to various threats. Deficiencies of many of these nutrients is global, leaving many unable to resist infections. Authors wrote particularly that Vitamin D deficiency added to heightened risk for respiratory infection. Several research papers described that vitamin D supplementation reduced the risk of such infections in adults and children. 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 integrate nutritional recommendations – even consuming more than the “recommended dietary allowance” (RDA) within recommended upper safety limits for specific ones like C and D - to their list of guidelines to better public health and limit the effects of seasonal and other such viruses. (4)

CONTACT Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office

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 Groton chiropractic appointment with [[compayname]] today. Building 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! Groton chiropractic care incorporates nutrition, exercise and spinal manipulation to take care of our Groton chiropractic patients, family and friends.

 
Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office shares details about the benefits of vitamins C and D for the immune system to fight infection.  
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