Fort Wayne Immune-Supporting, Infection-Fighting Vitamins C and D05/12/2020Infections are in the headlines. From run-of-the-mill colds and flu to the larger one that is all over the news 24/7, infections have our attention. While a solution to “the” infection is being sought, working to make sure that Fort Wayne immune systems are at their optimal level to deal with and ward off what infections it can is a worthy effort. Fort Wayne chiropractic patients surely grasp the benefits of vitamins C and D. Nutrition is an integral part of health and chiropractic treatment plan. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc presents their benefits to a healthy immune system as well as some new 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 minimal. In comes vitamin C. Vitamin C is a potent anti-oxidant especially when taken 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 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 demonstrated anti-viral immune responses as it increased the production of the anti-viral cytokine, interferon-α/β. (2) Vitamin C is quite influential! Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc 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 states vitamin D as a viable option. Vitamin D reduces the risk of respiratory tract infection. How? It produces cathelicidins and defensins which can lower replication rates of viruses, decrease pro-inflammatory cytokines that inflame and harm the lining of the lungs, and multiply anti-inflammatory cytokines. Vitamin D supplementation may be helpful to decrease 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 initially then taking 5000 IU a 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 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 adapt 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 heightened risk for respiratory infection. Several research papers noted 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 said that they strongly urge 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 catalog of guidelines to enhance public health and curb the effects of seasonal and other such viruses. (4) CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox about chiropractic care and the immune system on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. Schedule your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment with [[compayname]] today. Having 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! Fort Wayne chiropractic care includes nutrition, exercise and spinal manipulation to care for our Fort Wayne chiropractic patients, family and friends. « View All Nutrition Articles"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."