Keeping up with regular chiropractic visits have far greater benefits than just a healthier spine. New research is pointing to chiropractic adjustments as being an effective way to boost your body’s natural antioxidant levels.
Antioxidants are an important part of your body’s defense against harmful chemicals and protecting your body from free radicals in the environment. Eating a well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables is another way to give your body a boost in antioxidants.
To study the role that chiropractic adjustments play in the production of antioxidants, 23 patients, who were suffering from debilitating back pain were given 10 chiropractic adjustments over the course of five weeks. Blood samples, to measure antioxidant levels, were collected before and after the study. By the end of the study, researchers found that two out of the body’s three key antioxidant levels had increased over the five weeks, namely superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, and glutathione peroxidase (GPx). Only catalase, an enzyme important in the breakdown of naturally produced hydrogen peroxide in the blood, remained consistent in concentration.
Though the study used a limited number of subjects, the findings are promising in pointing to why adding a chiropractor to your team of healthcare providers is a great way to ensure you are living as healthy as possible. Additional research is needed to determine the exact role chiropractic adjustments play on the production and concentration of antioxidants in the body.
Despite the conclusive evidence from the study, what has been proven is the boost chiropractic adjustments give to both the immune and endocrine systems.
So, if living the healthiest life as you can is important to you, and you have not scheduled your annual chiropractic assessment, then now is the time to do so! The experienced and friendly chiropractors at Corrective Chiropractic are happy to share more information about the health benefits of chiropractic adjustments and answer any questions you may have. To schedule an appointment, click the button below.