The immune system is a hard working system.
Like a car or plane or boat, 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 instrumental
role in an immune system that works well.
In addition to spine pain care, Wilson Family Chiropractic works with our Millville
chiropractic patients to pay attention to their body’s fuel
levels of nutrients like vitamin C. Nutrition is important!
LOW VITAMIN C LEVELS
Researchers studied what factors add
to low vitamin C status and learned that vitamin C levels are impacted
mainly by dietary intake. Diet can be influenced by
cultural features like traditional cooking methods with
traditional staple foods like grains which have little vitamin C to give.
Environmental factors play a role like geographic region,
season, climate, and pollution. Demographic factors 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 cancerinfluence C levels. Quite a few issues seem to contribute to vitamin C levels and need
to 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 common in low-, middle- and even in subgroups of people in high-income settings.
(2) Wilson Family Chiropractic may not be able to address the vitamin C levels
of those around the world, but we are available to our Millville
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 best obtained by consistent dietary intake. 41.8%
of participants in the 2003-2005 National Health and Nutrition Examination
Surveys (NHANES) has inadequate levels of vitamin C.
Deficient vitamin C plasma levels were noted in
males, adults aged 20-59, Black and Mexican Americans, smokers, those with higher BMI, and those with middle and high poverty to income
ratio and food insecurity. These people are at higher
risk for inflammatory driven disease with few if any signs
of low vitamin C levels. (3) Wilson Family Chiropractic encourage our Millville
chiropractic patients know if they are at risk for low nutrient
levels and address those to be as healthy as possible!
Health and well-being is a delicate balance of
several issues, one being a good functioning
immune system. Researchers have established intake levels of micronutrients like vitamins A, C, D, E and zinc, but
many people‘s levels are low. Deficient levels
of such nutrients impair 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 seen 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 explained as beneficial
while a call for better understanding of the interactions of
multiple nutrient deficiencies on the immune system is also made.
This would help detect optimal levels of intake for at-risk
people. (4) Wilson Family Chiropractic is prepared to check the vitamin
C levels of our Millville chiropractic patients and assist them in
adjusting it as needed.
CONTACT Wilson Family Chiropractic
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. James Cox on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he
illustrates the role chiropractic may play in immune
system health along with how The Cox® Technic System of Spinal
Pain Management works.
Make your Millville chiropractic
appointment soon. Together, we can delve into just
how well you are fueling your body to keep the immune system working best!