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The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR Describes the Role of Vitamin C for a Healthy Immune System

The immune system works hard. Like any organ or machine, it needs fuel to keep working hard. The fuel for the immune system is an extensive list of micronutrients, the most talked about being vitamin C, and rightly so. Vitamin C plays an significant role in a healthy functioning immune system. In addition to spine pain care, The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR asks our Colorado Springs chiropractic patients to notice their body’s fuel levels of vitamins like vitamin C. Nutrition is important!

LOW VITAMIN C LEVELS

Researchers studied what factors contribute to low vitamin C status and found that vitamin C levels are influenced mainly by dietary intake. Diet can be influenced by cultural factors like traditional cooking methods with traditional staple foods like grains which have little vitamin C to offer. Environmental factors have a role like geographic region, season, climate, and pollution. Demographic issues like age, race, sex, and socioeconomic factors like deprivation, education, institutionalization, and social class. Health factors like smoking, body weight, pregnancy/lactation, genetic variants, as well as diseases like serious infection or cardiovascular disease or cancerimpact C levels. Quite a few issues seem to contribute to vitamin C levels and should be thought about when listing global recommendations for dietary intake. (1) Vitamin C levels are not studied very well around the world especially in low- and middle- income countries. Completed studies have shown that vitamin C deficiency is usual in low-, middle- and even in subgroups of people in high-income settings. (2) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR may not be able to fix the vitamin C levels of those around the world, but we are available to our Colorado Springs chiropractic friends!

ROLE OF VITAMIN C IN IMMUNE FUNCTION

Vitamin C is a well-recognized key factor in immune function and epigenetic inflammatory modifications. Vitamin C is optimally obtained by regular dietary intake. 41.8% of participants in the 2003-2005 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) has deficient levels of vitamin C. Insufficient vitamin C plasma levels were found in males, adults aged 20-59, Black and Mexican Americans, smokers, those who have higher BMI, and those with middle and high poverty to income ratio and food insecurity. These folks are at higher risk for inflammatory driven disease with few if any signs of low vitamin C levels. (3) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR urge our Colorado Springs chiropractic patients know if they are at risk for low nutrient levels and address those to be as healthy as possible!

IMMUNE SYSTEM

Health and well-being is a delicate balance of several issues; one is a well-functioning immune system. Researchers have established levels of intake of micronutrients like vitamins A, C, D, E and zinc, but many people‘s levels are low. Deficient levels of such nutrients damage the immune system and weaken its response when it is most needed. In a study of 26,282 adults over age 19 in the 2005-2016 NHANES study, a “prevalence of inadequacy” was found for all of these:

  • 45% for vitamin A
  • 46% for vitamin C
  • 95% for vitamin D
  • 84% for vitamin E
  • 15% for zinc

Supplementation is described as beneficial while a recommendation for better understanding of the interactions of multiple nutrient shortages on the immune system is also suggested. This would help detect optimal levels of intake for at-risk people. (4) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR is ready to check the vitamin C levels of our Colorado Springs chiropractic patients and help them adjust it as needed.

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The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR shares new stats on the importance of vitamin C for the body’s immune system and how levels may be too low for many. 
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