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

Infections are in the headlines. From common colds and flu to the big one that is all over the news 24/7, infections got our attention. While an answer to “the” infection is being sought, ensuring that Minster immune systems are at their optimal level to deal with and ward off what infections it can is a worthy effort. Minster chiropractic patients surely understand the benefits of vitamins C and D. Nutrition is an integral part of health and chiropractic treatment plan.  Minster Chiropractic Center presents their benefits to a healthy immune system and some impressive medical research studies to back them up.

VITAMIN C TO REDUCE INFLAMMATION

When the risk of infection is high, we all want options for prevention and treatment whose risk of side-effects is low. In comes vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant particularly when taken intravenously. Its potential 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 familiar anti-viral agent, one of the better known ones, particularly 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 quite influential! Minster Chiropractic Center encourages use of vitamin C.

VITAMIN D TO REDUCE INFECTION RISK

An influential research paper in Nutrients reports that options to reduce infection spread are in demand and presents vitamin D as a viable option. Vitamin D decreases 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 injure the lining of the lungs, and increase anti-inflammatory cytokines. Vitamin D supplementation may be helpful to reduce respiratory tract infection risk. How? Researchers suggested that persons at-risk of infection take 10,000 IU per 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 useful. (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 iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, and selenium also are important contributors to a strong immune system that can adapt to various threats. Deficiencies of many of these nutrients is worldwide, 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 adults and children. With such information, authors of a new review of the literature about vitamins and immunity and respiratory infections stated that they strongly urge public health officials to incorporate 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 catalog of guidelines to enhance public health and curb the effects of seasonal and other such viruses. (4)

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Schedule your Minster chiropractic appointment with [[compayname]] today. Building 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! Minster chiropractic care features nutrition, exercise and spinal manipulation to care for our Minster chiropractic patients, family and friends.

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