Best supplements for the festive season: Five vitamins and minerals recommended by experts

By | November 30, 2018

Supplements have been proven to help a variety of health problems, from joint pain to bloating.

But can certain vitamins and minerals help you beat the health problems that occur during the festive season?

Weak immune systems, vitamin D deficiency and cold symptoms are just a few of the conditions people have to content with during the winter months.

So five health experts have offered their recommendations on what supplements you should be taking.

Boost your vitamin D

In the winter, we can’t get all the vitamin D we need through sunlight, despite its essential role to keeping us happy and healthy.

Vitamin D helps to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, which are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy, it also supports the normal function of the immune system in children and adults.

Dr Sarah Jarvis said: “According to the new advice from Public Health England, everyone in the UK, aged one and over requires 10 micrograms (μg) of vitamin D a day (8.5-10 micrograms a day for infants under one) particularly during the winter months.

“The best way ensure you are getting a sufficient level of vitamin D is to take a high quality pharmaceutical grade supplement which has been formulated specifically to meet Public Health England’s new recommended vitamin D guidelines.”

Try Fultium Daily D3, 15ml drops.

Boost your immunity

In the winter, we rely on our bodies to prevent illnesses, but sometimes our immune systems need a bit more support.

Dora Walsh, Registered Nutritionist mBANT, said: “The seven best foods to improve the immune system would be those with the highest concentration of immune boosting vitamins such as the antioxidant vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A or beta carotene (the vegetarian form of vitamin A) vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin as well as the minerals selenium and zinc which are crucial for immune function.”

Try boosting your body’s vitamins with Care Advance Immune Support.

Shorten your cold

Research shows a natural supplement, made from French pine bark, significantly shortens the duration of the common cold.

Pycnogenol, which is made from the bark of French maritime pine bark, also reduces the severity of a sore throat, headache, sinus congestion, coughing and sneezing.

In a recent study, Pycnogenol was shown to reduce the length of the common cold.

Nutritional and medicine expert Dr Steven Lamm said: “The common cold hits hard around this time of year, disrupting work hours and holiday plans. Those who seek over-the-counter remedies often trade some relief for side effects such as drowsiness.

“This study builds on previous research showing Pycnogenol offers measureable symptom-relief naturally, reduced the need for over-the-counter remedies, and shortens the duration of the common cold.”

Try Holland & Barrett Pycnogenol 30mg – 60 capsules.

Improve your gut bacteria

Too much stress, too many late nights and partying, can put your gut bacteria out of balance, allowing the less desirable types of gut bacteria such as clostridium difficile and E. Coli to increase.

The upshot could be reduced immunity, making you more susceptible to the winter bugs you might otherwise be able to fight off.

Dietician Helen Bond said: “You can improve your microflora with probiotics, which are friendly strains of gut bacteria. You can boost your level of probiotics with yogurt or drinks, fermented foods such as kimchi or sauerkraut, and fermented milk drinks, like kefir.

“You could also take a high quality probiotic supplement, like ProVen Probiotics Adult Acidophilus and Bifidus – 25 billion.”

Try ProVen Probiotics Adult Acidophilus & Bifidus – 25 Billion.

Enhance your winter productivity

In winter, it can be difficult to pull yourself out of your slumber, especially with such dark mornings which can make you feel less productive for the rest of the day.

Mike Gardner, The Time Doctor, said: “Winter can have an impact on productivity. During the winter we tend to be less active, we eat for comfort rather than health.

“We also get less natural vitamin D, this in turn leads to difficulty in concentrating, a tendency to oversleep, drops in energy levels, fatigue all leading to decreased work activity.”

Try Benenox Overnight Recharge.

If you’re looking to fight illness this winter there are a number of other vitamin and nutrient supplements you can take.

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