With the Flu, Corona Virus and many other airborne viruses doing the rounds, there has never been a better time to stock up on some healthy supplements to top up our immune system. While a healthy balanced diet is the best way to consume all the nutrients we need, sometimes we don’t always get the adequate amount of vitamins we need. With this in mind, I’ve created a list of supplements that will help you stay strong this winter. As time is of the essence, let’s dive into it and find the best vitamins for the long winter months ahead.
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With less sunshine comes less vitamin D. Vitamin D plays a crucial role in regulating the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. This is important as it keeps your bones, teeth and muscles functioning properly. Therefore it is vital to keep this vitamin topped up.
During the spring and summer months, people should be able to get all their vitamin D from the sun. Your body is a wonderful thing and can create vitamin D from direct sunlight on the skin. But when winter comes, your body can become deficient in vitamin D due to people spending less time outside. So unless you brave the cold while exposing your skin to some sunshine during these cold months, add a vitamin D supplement to your diet. You will reap the benefits.
- NHS England recommend you should take 10 micrograms (400 IU) of vitamin D a day between October and March.
A boost of vitamin C can do wonders for your skin and immune system. That cliche saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” actually rings true, as we cannot store vitamin C in the body. But, if you’re not eating enough fruits and vegetables like citrus fruits, potatoes, strawberries, and broccoli, you should consider getting a supplement to keep your levels topped up.
Unlike vitamin D, you should be able to get all your Vitamin C from your diet. If you’re not one for eating fruits and vegetables, I would recommend getting a supplement to maintain those healthy levels. It will also give your skin some radiance while you’re away from the sunshine.
- NHS England recommend adults between the ages of 19 to 64 should consume around 40mg of Vitamin C a day.
Omega-3 is a supplement that I would recommend to everyone. I’ve been taking it for over a year now and I feel it’s adding something to my body, particularly aiding in my concentration and well being. Omega-3 has two parts, EPA and DHA.
EPA is great for your joints, as it is an anti-inflammatory. Along with DHA, which is also good for your joints and overall brain function and cardiovascular health.
The B vitamins are a collection of 8 vitamins essential for keeping your nervous system healthy and your well being intact. For instance, Vitamin B2, B3, B5 AND B12 can help you combat fatigue and support your training for all your gym goers out there. You can all of your B vitamins from having a healthy diet, but if you want to add some supplements to your diet, it will more than likely aid you in your endeavor.
Magnesium is also an excellent addition to help your body function properly. It plays a vital role in energy creation, protein formation, gene maintenance and your nervous system.
Sanjay Gupta a cardiologist in York, England documents the role of magnesium and why you should consider taking this supplement. It has a range of powerful anti- inflammatory benefits that are excellent for your body, particularly your heart. It also aids you in your sleep too. If you are struggling to get some sleep, maybe try taking some magnesium before you sleep.
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