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 discussed being vitamin
C, and rightly so. Vitamin C plays an instrumental
role in a healthy functioning immune system.
In addition to spine pain care, Chiropractic Solutions asks our San Jose
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 learned that vitamin C levels are impacted
mostly by dietary intake. Diet can be influenced by
cultural features like traditional cooking methods with
traditional core 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 severe infection or
cardiovascular disease or cancerimpact C levels. Quite a few issues seem to add to vitamin C levels and need
to be thought about when creating
global recommendations for dietary intake. (1) Vitamin C levels are not studied
well enough around the world particularly in
low- and middle- income countries. Relying on completed studies, researchers
report that vitamin C deficiency is usual in low-, middle- and even in subgroups of people in high-income settings.
(2) Chiropractic Solutions may not be able to address the vitamin C levels
of those around the world, but we are here for our San Jose
ROLE OF VITAMIN C IN IMMUNE FUNCTION
Vitamin C is a well-recognized essential
factor in immune function and epigenetic inflammatory modifications. Vitamin C
is optimally obtained by consistent 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 noted 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 people are at greater
risk for inflammatory driven disease with few if any signs
of low vitamin C levels. (3) Chiropractic Solutions urge our San Jose
chiropractic patients recognize if they are at risk for low nutrient
levels and work to raise them to be as healthy as possible!
Health and well-being is a delicate balance of
several issues; one is a well-functioning
immune system. Researchers have set intake levels of micronutrients like vitamins A, C, D, E and zinc, but
many people are low. Inadequate levels
of such nutrients damage the immune system and weaken
its response when it’s 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 call for better understanding of the interactions of
multiple nutrient shortages on the immune system is also made.
This would help detect optimal levels of intake for at-risk
people. (4) Chiropractic Solutions is prepared to analyze the vitamin
C levels of our San Jose chiropractic patients and assist them in
adjusting it as needed.
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Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. James Cox on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he
describes the role chiropractic may play in immune
system health along with how The Cox® Technic System of Spinal
Pain Management works.
Schedule your San Jose chiropractic
appointment now. Together, we can explore just
how well you are fueling your body to keep the immune system working optimally!