West Des Moines Immune-Supporting, Infection-Fighting Vitamins C and D

Infections are in the news. From common colds and flu to the big issue that is all over the news 24/7, infections got our interest. While a solution to “the” infection is being sought, working to make sure that West Des Moines immune systems are at their optimal level to deal with and ward off what infections it can is a worthy effort. West Des Moines chiropractic patients certainly know about the benefits of vitamins C and D. Nutrition is an integral part of health and chiropractic treatment plan.  Executive Chiropractic of Iowa presents their advantages to a healthy immune system as well as some new medical research studies to back them up.

VITAMIN C TO REDUCE INFLAMMATION

When the risk of infection is great, we all hope for prevention and treatment options whose risk of side-effects is small. In comes vitamin C. Vitamin C is a potent anti-oxidant particularly when taken intravenously. Its likely 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 better known ones, especially when dealing with the influenza virus. Taken 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! Executive Chiropractic of Iowa 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 presents 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 harm 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 raise the 25(OH)D concentrations initially 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 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 zinc, iron, magnesium, copper, and selenium also are important contributors to a robust 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 contributed 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 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 catalog of guidelines to enrich public health and restrict the effects of seasonal and other such viruses. (4)

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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 West Des Moines chiropractic appointment with [[compayname]] today. Having 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 Des Moines chiropractic care features nutrition, exercise and spinal manipulation to care for our West Des Moines chiropractic patients, family and friends.

 
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa shares details about the benefits of vitamins C and D for the immune system to fight infection.  
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