Infections are in the headlines.
From common colds and flu to the big one
that is all over the news 24/7, infections have our interest.
While a resolution to “the” infection is being sought, making sure
that Eugene immune systems are at their optimum
to fight and fight off what infections it can is worth
the effort. Eugene chiropractic patients surely
understand the beneficial aspects of
vitamins C and D. Nutrition is an integral part of health and chiropractic treatment plan. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic presents
their advantages to a healthy immune system and
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 low.
In comes vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful
anti-oxidant especially when taken intravenously.
Its likely effect is that of decreasing
inflammation in the lungs. Vitamin C is written to have antiviral properties as well. (1) L-ascorbic acid of vitamin C is a well-known
anti-viral agent, one of the more well known ones, particularly
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! Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic 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 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 take 10,000 IU a day
of vitamin D3 for a few weeks to get the
25(OH)D concentrations up first then consuming
5000 IU per day. If someone has an infection already,
higher doses of vitamin D3 may be helpful. (3) Vitamin D is really
…ADD NUTRITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE PLAN
The published data is there to be influential in recommendation decision making.
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 robust immune system that can adapt to various threats. Deficiencies of many of these nutrients
is worldwide, leaving many unable to
resist infections. Authors wrote specifically
that Vitamin D deficiency contributed to heightened
risk for respiratory infection. Several research papers noted
that vitamin D supplementation decreased the risk of such infections
in adults and children. With such information, authors of
a new review of the literature about vitamins and immunity and
respiratory infections stated that they strongly encourage
public health officials to integrate nutritional
recommendations – even taking 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 paramount offense against infection as no one likes living with infection 24/7! Go vitamin C! Go vitamin D! Eugene
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chiropractic patients, family and friends.