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

Infections are in the headlines. From run-of-the-mill colds and flu to the larger issue that is all over the news 24/7, infections have our interest. While a solution to “the” infection is being worked on, ensuring that Vancouver immune systems are at their optimal level to deal with and ward off what infections it can is worth the effort. Vancouver chiropractic patients certainly know about the beneficial aspects of vitamins C and D. Nutrition is an integral part of health and chiropractic treatment plan.  Vancouver Disc Centers presents their benefits to a healthy immune system with some impressive medical research studies to back them up.

VITAMIN C TO REDUCE INFLAMMATION

When the risk of infection is high, we all want prevention and treatment options whose risk of side-effects is minimal. In comes vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant especially when acquired intravenously. Its potential 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 well-known anti-viral agent, one of the more well 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! Vancouver Disc Centers 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 decreases respiratory tract infection risk. How? It makes cathelicidins and defensins which can drop replication rates of viruses, decrease pro-inflammatory cytokines that inflame and injure the lining of the lungs, and raise anti-inflammatory cytokines. Vitamin D supplementation may be helpful to reduce respiratory tract infection risk. How? Researchers suggested that persons at-risk of infection ingest 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 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. 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 are key contributors also to a robust immune system that can change as needed to various threats. Deficiencies of many of these nutrients is worldwide, leaving many not capable of resisting infections. Authors wrote specifically that Vitamin D deficiency contributed to heightened risk for respiratory infection. Several research papers mentioned that vitamin D supplementation reduced the risk of such infections in kids and adults. With such information, authors of a new review of the literature about vitamins and immunity and respiratory infections said that they strongly encourage public health officials to incorporate 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 list of guidelines to improve public health and limit the effects of seasonal and other such viruses. (4)

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Schedule your Vancouver chiropractic appointment 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! Vancouver chiropractic care includes nutrition, exercise and spinal manipulation to care for our Vancouver chiropractic patients, family and friends.

 
Vancouver Disc Centers shares details about the benefits of vitamins C and D for the immune system to fight infection.  
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