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

Infections are in the news. From common colds and flu to the big one that is all over the news 24/7, infections got our interest. While a resolution to “the” infection is being sought, working to make sure that Toronto immune systems are at their optimal level to fight and fight off what infections it can is a worthy effort. Toronto chiropractic patients surely know about the benefits of vitamins C and D. Nutrition is an integral part of health and chiropractic treatment plan.  Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre 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 high, we all want options for prevention and treatment whose risk of side-effects is small. In comes vitamin C. Vitamin C is a potent 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 as well. (1) L-ascorbic acid of vitamin C is a recognized 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 increased the production of the anti-viral cytokine, interferon-α/β. (2) Vitamin C is really influential! Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre encourages use of vitamin C.

VITAMIN D TO REDUCE INFECTION RISK

An influential research paper in Nutrients states that options to drop infection spread are in demand and presents vitamin D as a viable option. Vitamin D reduces the risk of respiratory tract infection. How? It makes cathelicidins and defensins which can lower 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 useful to reduce respiratory tract infection risk. How? Researchers suggested that persons at-risk of infection take 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 per day. If someone has an infection already, higher doses of vitamin D3 may be useful. (3) Vitamin D is quite 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 robust immune system that can adapt to various threats. Deficiencies of many of these nutrients is global, leaving many not capable of resisting infections. Authors wrote particularly that Vitamin D deficiency added to heightened 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 integrate 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 catalog of guidelines to improve public health and curb the effects of seasonal and other such viruses. (4)

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

 
Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre presents details about the benefits of vitamins C and D for the immune system to fight infection.  
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