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Inflammation is a natural response when the body’s immune system suffers an injury or infection. Although it is an essential physiological response, chronic inflammation can contribute to various health issues, including heart disease, arthritis, cancer, and significant day-to-day discomfort. A well-rounded diet that includes inflammation-fighting vitamins is one of the best methods to help reduce this form of inflammation. Incorporating these nutrients can help manage chronic inflammation and promote overall health.

Let’s explore seven essential vitamins that can help combat inflammation, backed by scientific research. Additionally, we’ll briefly compare the effectiveness of oral supplements with IV treatments in restoring low vitamin levels.


Vitamin A

Vitamin A is considered a fat-soluble vitamin that has a role in maintaining healthy vision, immune function, and reproduction. Studies show that vitamin A has anti-inflammatory properties1 and can help reduce inflammation by suppressing the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines.

Foods rich in vitamin A include kale, spinach, sweet potatoes, and carrots.

Vitamin B6

vitamins for healthy skinVitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin. It’s essential for brain development, immune function, and the production of neurotransmitters. Vitamin B6 has anti-inflammatory properties due to its ability to help regulate the production of inflammatory markers.2

Foods high in vitamin B6 include poultry, fish, potatoes, and bananas.

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Vitamin C

multivitamins in a cup, lemons and ginger on the sideVitamin C is an antioxidant that helps shield the body from oxidative stress triggered by free radicals, which can produce inflammation. It also assists in collagen synthesis, wound healing, and immune function. Several studies suggest vitamin C can help reduce inflammation and improve immune response.3

Foods high in vitamin C include citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwis, and bell peppers.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that enhances bone health, immune function, and calcium absorption. Research has shown that vitamin D is anti-inflammatory and can strengthen the immune system. Inadequate vitamin D levels affect various autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.

Sunlight is the most prominent source of vitamin D, but it is also abundant in fortified dairy products, egg yolks, and fatty fish.

Vitamin E

vitamins for healthy skinVitamin E is considered a fat-soluble antioxidant that helps protect cell membranes from oxidative damage, which can lead to inflammation. Vitamin E can help reduce inflammation and even help treat conditions such as osteoporosis.

Foods high in vitamin E include almonds, sunflower seeds, and vegetable oils.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is critical for bone density, blood clotting, and bone health and can help reduce inflammation by inhibiting pro-inflammatory pathways. (5)

Foods high in vitamin K include leafy greens, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.

Folate (Vitamin B9)

Folate, vitamin B9, supports DNA synthesis, red blood cell production, and proper brain function. Studies have shown that folate can help reduce inflammation by lowering homocysteine levels,4 an amino acid that can promote inflammation. Foods high in folate include spinach, asparagus, and lentils.

Oral Supplements vs. IV Treatments

iv bag with different kinds of fruit insideDeriving these nutrients from foods is the most common approach. However, oral supplementation is a standard and convenient method to ensure you get enough of these vitamins.

With that said, oral supplements are not always the most effective way to restore low vitamin levels or address inflammation. Poor absorption, intestinal issues, and individual differences can limit their effectiveness. In some cases, only a fraction of the ingested vitamins may be absorbed and utilized by the body.

Intravenous (IV) treatments, on the other hand, offer a more direct and efficient way to deliver vitamins to the body. By administering vitamins directly into the bloodstream, IV treatments bypass the digestive system, allowing higher absorption rates and faster delivery to the cells. This direct delivery can have more immediate and noticeable effects, especially for individuals with inflammation. Many IV treatments include a blend of the anti-inflammatory vitamins discussed in this article, ensuring a powerful and practical approach to reducing inflammation.

It is important to note that while IV treatments offer several advantages over oral supplementation, medical administration is necessary for this treatment.


Incorporating these seven essential vitamins into your diet can help reduce inflammation and promote overall well-being. While oral supplements can effectively increase vitamin intake, IV treatments offer a more efficient way to restore low vitamin levels, especially for those with absorption difficulties.

As always, talking with your healthcare provider before starting any new supplement program or making any other significant health changes is crucial. Focusing on a balanced diet and maintaining adequate vitamin levels can better manage inflammation and support your body’s natural healing processes.

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Vitamin D Shots - Frequently Asked Questions

Can you take too much vitamin D?

Yes, it is possible to take too much vitamin D. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means that it can build up in the body and potentially lead to toxic levels if it is consumed in large amounts. Vitamin D toxicity can cause hypercalcemia, a buildup of calcium in your blood. This condition can cause symptoms such as weakness, nausea, vomiting, frequent urination, kidney problems, and more.

How often do you need vitamin D shots?

Frequency of treatment depends on individual circumstances such as the severity of vitamin D deficiency, medical history, and other factors. However, most people may receive 1 – 3 shots over the course of a year.

Are vitamin D shots better than oral supplements?

Yes. Because vitamin D shots are given intramuscularly, the ingredients bypass your digestive system so that the full dose is available to your body for maximum benefits. Vitamin D shots are rapidly available for your cells to use.

What happens if you don’t treat vitamin D deficiency?

Not treating vitamin D deficiency can cause rickets, a rare but treatable condition that causes fatigue, frequent illnesses, depression, and impacts bone and muscle health. In children, vitamin D deficiency can impact normal growth and development.

Read more: Vitamin D Shots FAQ


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[4] Asbaghi O, Ashtary-Larky D, Bagheri R, et al. - Effects of Folic Acid Supplementation on Inflammatory Markers: A Grade-Assessed Systematic Review and Dose-Response Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Nutrients. 2021 Jul 6;13(7):2327. doi: 10.3390/nu13072327;