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West Palm Beach Immune-Supporting, Infection-Fighting Vitamins C and D

Infections are in the headlines. From common colds and flu to the larger issue that is all over the news 24/7, infections got our attention. While an answer to “the” infection is being sought, making sure that West Palm Beach immune systems are at their optimal level to fight and fight off what infections it can is worth the effort. West Palm Beach chiropractic patients surely know about the beneficial aspects of vitamins C and D. Nutrition is an integral part of health and chiropractic treatment plan.  Chiropractic Care presents their benefits to a healthy immune system with some notable medical research studies to support them.

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 minimal. In comes vitamin C. Vitamin C is a potent anti-oxidant especially 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 familiar anti-viral agent, one of the better known ones, especially when dealing with the influenza virus. Starting it early on in an infection, vitamin C demonstrated anti-viral immune responses as it increased the production of the anti-viral cytokine, interferon-α/β. (2) Vitamin C is quite influential! Chiropractic Care encourages use of vitamin C.

VITAMIN D TO REDUCE INFECTION RISK

An influential research paper in Nutrients reports 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, reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines that inflame and harm 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 take 10,000 IU a day of vitamin D3 for a few weeks to get the 25(OH)D concentrations up first then taking 5000 IU a day. If someone has an infection already, higher doses of vitamin D3 may be helpful. (3) Vitamin D is really 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 zinc, iron, magnesium, copper, and selenium are key contributors also 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 contributed to increased 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 encourage 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 enhance public health and restrict the effects of seasonal and other such viruses. (4)

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Schedule your West Palm Beach chiropractic appointment with [[compayname]] today. Building a strong immune system may be the paramount offense against infection as no one wants to live with infection 24/7! Go vitamin C! Go vitamin D! West Palm Beach chiropractic care features nutrition, exercise and spinal manipulation to take care of our West Palm Beach chiropractic patients, family and friends.

 
Chiropractic Care presents details about the benefits of vitamins C and D for the immune system to fight infection.  
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