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

Infections are in the headlines. From run-of-the-mill colds and flu to the big one that is all over the news 24/7, infections have our attention. While an answer to “the” infection is being worked on, working to ensure that Pensacola immune systems are at their optimal level to fight and fight off what infections it can is a worthy effort. Pensacola chiropractic patients certainly understand the benefits of vitamins C and D. Nutrition is an integral part of health and chiropractic treatment plan.  Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center shares their advantages to a healthy immune system as well as some new medical research studies to support them.

VITAMIN C TO REDUCE INFLAMMATION

When the risk of infection is high, we all hope for 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, too. (1) L-ascorbic acid of vitamin C is a recognized anti-viral agent, one of the more well 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 raised the production of the anti-viral cytokine, interferon-α/β. (2) Vitamin C is really influential! Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center 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 makes cathelicidins and defensins which can drop 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 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 raise the 25(OH)D concentrations first then taking 5000 IU a 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 there 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 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 strong 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 contributed to increased risk for respiratory infection. Several research papers described that vitamin D supplementation reduced 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 integrate 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 Pensacola chiropractic appointment 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! Pensacola chiropractic care includes nutrition, exercise and spinal manipulation to take care of our Pensacola chiropractic patients, family and friends.

 
Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center presents details about the benefits of vitamins C and D for the immune system to fight infection.  
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