Top 3 Vitamins You Need This Winter
There's a lot of conflicting information out there surrounding Vitamins, there's just so many of them. So, here's a brief list of the ones you absolutely should be taking during these colder, darker months.
Vitamin D, also called “The Sunshine Vitamin” is unfortunately hard to come by naturally during the winter months. Vitamin D deficiency (1) is not so uncommon, with over half of the UK affected, especially in the typical British Winter with long drawn out evenings and dark mornings.
Your body makes vitamin D naturally when your skin is exposed to sunlight.
However, the lack of sunlight in winter makes it hard for your body to produce enough vitamin D... this why Vitamin D supplements are recommended by Public Health England during the winter months.
But why is this fat-soluble vitamin so important for us? It strengthens our immune system that protects us from infections, including the common cold and the flu.
Not only that, a deficiency in Vitamin D has been linked through scientific research to depression (2), heart problems (3) and even Alzheimer’s (4). Vitamin D is a winter essential for those dark months.
We offer Vitamin D3 Capsules on sale now at only £1.89 for a months supply with fast & free delivery within the UK.
While Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) can’t protect you from colds, it can shorten the length of time you stay ill. If your body is low in vitamin C, you won’t be able to defend yourself from infections as effectively as usual. Therefore, a daily immune support like Vit-C is crucial in winter, especially if someones caught a case of the sniffles!
Because we can’t drink that much fresh orange juice every day… well some of us can.
We offer Vitamin C in economical Powder form as well as Vitamin C Tablets with added Rosehip & Bioflavonoids.
Referred to as Vitamin B complex, the eight B vitamins — B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12 — play an important role in keeping our bodies running like well-oiled machines. While many of the following vitamins work in tandem, each has its own specific benefits, B1 and B2 play a large role in metabolism and converting nutrients to energy and combatting brain fog (5). Meanwhile B7 (Biotin) is essential for fat metabolism, another winter essential.
Overall, Vitamin B complex can increase energy, enhance mood, improve memory, and stimulate the immune system.
We offer a great value and complete Vitamin B complex on our online store for just £1.99 with free delivery, why not take a look around?
If you want to cover all the bases, or you're feeling particularly run down this winter, why not try our A-Z multi-vitamin. Not only does it include all the recommended daily allowances for all above mentioned, but it's most cost effective way to get every essential Vitamin you need, providing a combination of 24 Vitamins and Minerals.
From only £2.95 for a months supply at our online shop,
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Author - Ottis Bailey BSc
1. Pearce, S. and Cheetham, T. (2010). Diagnosis and management of vitamin D deficiency. BMJ, 340(jan11 1), pp.5664-5664.
2. Umhau, J. and George, D. (2013). Correction: Low Vitamin D Status and Suicide: A Case-Control Study of Active Duty Military Service Members. PLoS ONE, 8(9)
3. Walker, A. (1997). Sunlight, cholesterol and coronary heart disease. QJM, 90(2), pp.153-154.
4. Annweiler, C. (2010). 25-HYDROXYVITAMIN D, DEMENTIA, AND CEREBROVASCULAR PATHOLOGY IN ELDERS RECEIVING HOME SERVICES. Neurology, 75(1), pp.95-96.5. Osiezagha K, Ali S, Freeman C, Barker NC, Jabeen S, Maitra S, Olagbemiro Y, Richie W, Bailey RK. Thiamine deficiency and Delerium (Innov Clin Neurosci. 2013 Apr;10(4):26-32