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Colorado Springs 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 attention. While an answer to “the” infection is being worked on, working to make sure that Colorado Springs immune systems are at their optimum to fight and fight off what infections it can is a worthy effort. Colorado Springs chiropractic patients certainly understand the benefits of vitamins C and D. Nutrition is an integral part of health and chiropractic treatment plan.  The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR presents their benefits 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 elevated, we all look for options for prevention and treatment whose risk of side-effects is small. In comes vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant particularly 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 familiar anti-viral agent, one of the better known ones, especially when dealing with 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 quite influential! The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR 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 respiratory tract infection risk. How? It produces 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 useful 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 raise the 25(OH)D concentrations initially then consuming 5000 IU per day. If someone has an infection currently, 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. A lot 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 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 mentioned 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 encourage public health officials to add 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 better public health and limit the effects of seasonal and other such viruses. (4)

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

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