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

Infections are in the news. From run-of-the-mill colds and flu to the larger one 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 McHenry immune systems are at their optimum to fight and fight off what infections it can is worth the effort. McHenry chiropractic patients surely grasp the beneficial aspects of vitamins C and D. Nutrition is an integral part of health and chiropractic treatment plan.  Spengel Chiropractic shares their advantages to a healthy immune system as well as some notable medical research studies to back them up.

VITAMIN C TO REDUCE INFLAMMATION

When the risk of infection is high, we all look 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 potential effect is that of decreasing 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 better known ones, especially when facing the influenza virus. Taken 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! Spengel 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 reduces the risk of respiratory tract infection. How? It makes cathelicidins and defensins which can drop replication rates of viruses, decrease pro-inflammatory cytokines that inflame and harm the lining of the lungs, and increase anti-inflammatory cytokines. Vitamin D supplementation may be helpful to decrease 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 initially then consuming 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 in recommendation decision making. 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 not capable of resisting 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 kids and adults. With such information, authors of a recent review of the literature about vitamins and immunity and respiratory infections said 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 improve public health and limit the effects of seasonal and other such viruses. (4)

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

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