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 an answer to “the” infection is being sought, working to ensure
that Oxford immune systems are at their optimal level
to fight and fight off what infections it can is worth
the effort. Oxford chiropractic patients certainly
grasp the beneficial aspects of
vitamins C and D. Nutrition is an integral part of health and chiropractic treatment plan. Satterwhite Chiropractic presents
their advantages to a healthy immune system with
some impressive medical research studies to support them.
VITAMIN C TO REDUCE INFLAMMATION
When the risk of infection is elevated, we
all hope for options for prevention and treatment whose risk of side-effects is minimal.
In comes vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful
anti-oxidant especially when taken intravenously.
Its likely effect is that of reducing
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 facing the influenza virus. Taken
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 really influential! Satterwhite Chiropractic 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 respiratory tract infection risk. How? It produces
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 recommended
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 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
…ADD NUTRITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE PLAN
The published data is there to be influential in recommendation decision making.
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 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 particularly
that Vitamin D deficiency added to increased
risk for respiratory infection. Several research papers described
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 consuming more than the “recommended dietary allowance” (RDA) within recommended upper safety
limits for specific vitamins like C and D - to their list
of guidelines to enhance public health and limit
the effects of seasonal and other such viruses. (4)
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with [[compayname]] today. Building 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! Oxford
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chiropractic patients, family and friends.