A Closer Look at the Essential Vitamins you Need
Supplements and vitamins can help immensely in the battle for health during the winter months. Making sure you get all of the good stuff to build up your immune system, energy centres and more is vital, but which ones should you go for?
We admit, the world of vitamin and supplement goodness can be confusing, with a different supplement for everything and anything, it can be hard to narrow your choices and choose the best ones for you, so we have taken a look at the top 4 vitamins that can help everyone across the board and provide a good starting point for you to start looking into what you may need a little boost of...
Multi-Vitamin – if you're on the go!
A daily multivitamin can work wonders for you and your health. Multivitamins usually contain 100% of your daily intake of the most vital vitamins for your body including vitamin A, C, D, E and K, plus potassium, zinc and iron. The beauty of multivitamins is not just the fact that you don't have to take multiple tablets every morning, condensing everything down into one tablet. They also mean that if your body is lacking in a certain vitamin one day, this will be topped up, subsequently if this changes the next day, again this can be easily boosted, providing the flexibility that your body needs.
Daily intake: 1 tablet
Main benefit: Boosts levels of all vitamins throughout the body
Potential To fight: Fatigue and low energy
Vitamin D, if you live in the UK or are an indoors person
Vitamin D is essential for helping to absorb calcium and maintaining or improving bone health. The human body produces its own vitamin D when it is exposed to sunlight, however, living in the UK and the precautions now taken against sunlight to help prevent skin cancer, means that we often don't get enough of it. It's almost impossible to consume your daily vitamin D recommended daily intake through food alone, meaning vitamin D supplements are key!
Vitamin D can help fight the symptoms of depression, although scientists are not exactly sure how this happens, they do know that those suffering depression have been found to be deficient in vitamin D, which when given to those has helped to alleviate the symptoms. Vitamin D has also been found to reduce the risk of diabetes by improving the body’s sensitivity to insulin. We recommend Vitamin D3 Gold as this is the form of vitamin d that we produce in the human body when we are exposed to sunlight.
Daily intake: 400IU
Main benefit: Improves bone health and happiness!
Potential to fight: Diabetes and Depression
Omega 3, the good fat
Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid. With the trend towards personal health often ruling out all fat, some may be cutting out some of the good stuff! Omega 3 has been shown to improve heart health, nourish the brain and improve mental performance and help lubricate your joints, thus is often given to those suffering from multiple sclerosis. It is possible to get sufficient amounts of Omega 3 through your diet, the main source being from fish including anchovies, mackerel, salmon, sardines and tuna. It is recommended that you eat these fish 2 to 3 times per week. If you're not a fan of these fish, you can choose supplements to make sure you have sufficient fatty acids helping your body. We recommend Red Krill Oil as the perfect source of this as this helps to increase the intake of antioxidants and omega 3.
Daily intake: 600mg
Main benefit: Heart, brain and joint health
Potential to fight: Multiple Sclerosis
Calcium, the white stuff
Calcium is crucial in maintaining or improving adequate bone health, our bodies need calcium for this exact reason. The most common source of calcium is dairy products like milk, yoghurt and cheese, however if these aren't to your taste, you can also get calcium from kale and canned sardines. If these still aren't to your taste then supplements are for you! Calcium supplements are a concentrated source of calcium that when combined with vitamin D (to help the body absorb the calcium) can help improve bone health, heart rhythm and muscle function.
Daily intake: 500mg
Main benefit: Improve bone health
Potential to fight: Osteoporosis
These vitamins and supplements are just a selection of the many available, but are some of the most popular products that can have a positive effect on many areas of the body at once.