The Novelli Wellness 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 talked about being vitamin C, and for good reason. Vitamin C plays an instrumental role in an immune system that works well. In addition to spine pain care, The Novelli Wellness Center asks our Buffalo, NY chiropractic patients to pay attention to their body’s fuel levels of vitamins like vitamin C. Nutrition is important!

LOW VITAMIN C LEVELS

Researchers examined what factors contribute to low vitamin C status and learned that vitamin C levels are influenced mainly by dietary intake. Diet can be affected by cultural features like traditional cooking methods with traditional core foods like grains which have little vitamin C to offer. 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 serious infection or cardiovascular disease or cancerimpact C levels. So many issues seem to contribute to vitamin C levels and should be considered when creating 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) The Novelli Wellness Center may not be able to fix the vitamin C levels of those around the world, but we are here for our Buffalo, NY chiropractic friends!

ROLE OF VITAMIN C IN IMMUNE FUNCTION

Vitamin C is a well-known 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 inadequate levels of vitamin C. Deficient vitamin C plasma levels were found 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 little or no signs of low vitamin C levels. (3) The Novelli Wellness Center urge our Buffalo, NY chiropractic patients recognize if they are at risk for low nutrient levels and work to raise them to be as healthy as possible!

IMMUNE SYSTEM

Health and well-being is a careful balance of many issues; one is a well-functioning immune system. Researchers have established 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’s most required. 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 detect optimal levels of intake for at-risk people. (4) The Novelli Wellness Center is ready to analyze the vitamin C levels of our Buffalo, NY chiropractic patients and assist them in adjusting it as needed.

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The Novelli Wellness 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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