We work very hard in our Henderson, Nevada office to help our patients live a healthier, pain-free life, and we try to stay up-to-date on the latest scientific literature on the benefits of chiropractic. We were very excited when we came across a new study was recently published that shows that chiropractic adjustments can actually boost anti-oxidants!
Anti-oxidants are naturally occurring chemicals that protect the body from free radicals. Fresh fruits and vegetables are good sources of anti-oxidants, but your body also produces anti-oxidants to ward off damage.
In this new study, researchers looked at 23 people suffering from back or neck pain. Each patient received 10 chiropractic adjustments over a period of five weeks. Blood samples were taken from the test subjects before and after the study period, and the researchers noted levels of three specific anti-oxidants: superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, and glutathione peroxidase (GPx).
At the end of the study, there was no difference in antioxidant catalase, there was a significant increase in both SOD and GPx.
It’s important to note that this was a small study and it didn’t include a control group, so further research needs to be done to confirm these results and to determine how chiropractic works to boost anti-oxidants. However, this is study adds to our knowledge of the benefits of chiropractic. Other studies have found that chiropractic can boost immune functioning and decrease stress hormones.
Kolberg C, Horst A, Moraes MS, et al. Peripheral oxidative stress blood markers in patients with chronic back or neck pain treated with high-velocity, low-amplitude manipulation. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2014 Original source
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