Cross Chiropractic Center Describes the Role of Vitamin C for a Healthy Immune System

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 a long list of micronutrients, the most mentioned 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, Cross Chiropractic Center asks our Sandy Springs chiropractic patients to notice their body’s fuel levels of nutrients like vitamin C. Nutrition is important!

LOW VITAMIN C LEVELS

Researchers examined what factors contribute to low vitamin C status and found that vitamin C levels are influenced mostly by dietary intake. Diet can be affected by cultural factors like traditional cooking methods with traditional core foods like grains which have little vitamin C to give. Environmental factors play 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 serious infection or cardiovascular disease or cancerimpact C levels. So many issues seem to contribute to vitamin C levels and should be considered when listing global recommendations for dietary intake. (1) Vitamin C levels are not studied well enough around the world especially in low- and middle- income countries. Relying on completed studies, researchers report that vitamin C deficiency is not unusual in low-, middle- and even in subgroups of people in high-income settings. (2) Cross Chiropractic Center may not be able to address the vitamin C levels of those around the world, but we are here for our Sandy Springs chiropractic friends!

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 best obtained by regular dietary intake. 41.8% of participants in the 2003-2005 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) has insufficient 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 folks are at greater risk for inflammatory driven disease with few if any signs of low vitamin C levels. (3) Cross Chiropractic Center urge our Sandy Springs chiropractic patients recognize if they are at risk for low nutrient levels and address those to be as healthy as possible!

IMMUNE SYSTEM

Health and well-being is a delicate balance of several issues, one being a good functioning immune system. Researchers have set levels of intake of micronutrients like vitamins A, C, D, E and zinc, yet many people‘s levels are low. Deficient levels of such nutrients damage the immune system and lessen its response when it is needed most. 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 recommendation for better understanding of the interactions of multiple nutrient deficiencies on the immune system is also made. This would help identify optimal levels of intake for at-risk people. (4) Cross Chiropractic Center is ready to analyze the vitamin C levels of our Sandy Springs chiropractic patients and help them adjust it as needed.

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Cross Chiropractic Center shares new stats on the importance of vitamin C for the body’s immune system and how levels may be too low for many. 
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