Chiropractic Care Shown To Promote Immune Health
According to Cancer.gov, Antioxidants are chemicals that block the activity of free radicals, which can alter the structure of and can potentially damage all types of cells in the body. Unfortunately, free radicals occur naturally in the body so there is no way to prevent the development of free radicals.
On a molecular level, antioxidants use their additional electrons to inhibit the reactions that free radicals initiate. A diet rich in antioxidants can promote immune health and provide an internal environment that is not conducive to the development of cancer.
According to a study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, chiropractic care can result in an increase of antioxidants’ effectiveness within the body. In observing the blood samples before and after chiropractic care in 23 patients aged 26-50 with chronic neck and back pain, certain levels of certain antioxidants in the blood were higher after chiropractic care. The three antioxidants that were measured are catalase, superoxide dismutase (SOD), and glutathione peroxidase (GPx). Each of these antioxidants plays a crucial role in protecting the body from the damage of free radicals.
Measurements of these three antioxidants were taken at exactly one month after the first session of chiropractic care. Investigators found that the activity levels of the antioxidants GPx and SOD were significantly higher after the month. They also noted that there was no increase in the activity levels of catalase.
It is important to note that chiropractic care cannot increase the actual amount of antioxidants in the body. The only way to increase the amount of antioxidants is through dietary intake and the selection of foods that are high in antioxidants. Such foods include sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots, and all types of berries.
However, chiropractic care may just increase the activity of the antioxidants that are already present in the body. The idea that chiropractic care can improve musculoskeletal health has long been promoted in the chiropractic community. Now, chiropractic proponents have another weapon in their arsenal as we are seeing potential immune health benefits in chiropractic care.