Vitamin A to Boost Immune System

Video by Dr. Trenton Yeomans

For many people trying to get healthier and stay out of pain, it can be easy to start feeling good then fall out of their routine. As a Chiropractor in St. Louis Park, my patients are always asking the best ways to stay on track and limit neck and back pain. Increased stresses from family, life gets busy and it seems there is less time for exercise or going to the gym, as well as falling off their diets. While it is important to take breaks, it’s crucial that you can still sneak in healthier options to make sure your body has the proper nutrients to handle the acute changes taking place.

One major vitamin that helps boost the immune system is Vitamin A. When we do not have enough Vitamin A in our body it weakens the body’s ability to protect itself. You can see changes in your eyes, respiratory system, digestive system, and in your GI tracts. A lack of Vitamin A inhibits the expression of an essential protein called lactoferrin. This protein is important for immunity against bacteria, viruses, and fungi found in our eyes, lungs, and gut. One food that is super rich in Vitamin A is pumpkin, an average serving of pumpkin has over 200% of our daily recommended Vitamin A that we need to function properly. Here is a green drink recipe that you can make to get the nutrients you need any time you feel yourself slipping off your healthy routines.

“Vitamin A and related retinoids play an important role in the regulation of immune function. Vitamin A deficiency compromises immunity, resulting in major morbidity and mortality.”

Semba et al.

Recipe
  • Handful of almonds
  • 1 Cup of Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 Banana
  • ½ Cup of Spinach
  • 8oz of Water
Reference

Semba, R. D. (2009). The role of vitamin A and related retinoids in immune function. Nutrition Reviews, 56(1). https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1753-4887.1998.tb01643.x

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When you are looking for a Chiropractor near you that you can trust, choose one who will not only get rid of your back pain, neck pain, or headaches but who will also guide you to living a healthier lifestyle to keep you out of pain. Our St. Louis Park Chiropractors located in the West End, near the corner of MN-100 S & Lake Rd./Westside Dr., are here to teach you that taking care of your mental health and getting the proper nutrients are just as important as the chiropractic adjustment to stay healthy, lower inflammation and limit pain.