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While we might be approaching the most magical time of the year, we are also approaching the time of the year most of us will fall victim to a cough or a sniffle.
Whatever your ailment, chances are there is a supplement out there offering the miracle cure.
With so many supplements claiming they help get you through the winter months, how do you know which ones (if any) are right for you?
Here is the low down of the best supplements to take during the winter months. So, stock up because winter is coming.*
*We’re excited about Game of Thrones, okay...
If you live in a country where winter means cold, dark days (we’re looking at you England!), then taking Vitamin D supplements might not be a bad idea as approximately 90% of our Vitamin D comes from sunlight.
Researchers at Loughborough University found that athletes who had low levels of vitamin D were up to 3 times more likely to catch a cold during the winter months.
Vitamin D helps to protect the body from disease and keep our bones nice and healthy. It can also help to give your immune system a boost and has even been linked with helping to boost your mood.
Another supplement that might help you overcome the inevitable common cold that comes with the winter months is Zinc.
Studies have shown that people who supplemented with zinc when suffering from a cold were able to reduce how long they were sniffling for.
The less time spent apologising for the sniffles, the better, right?
Just don’t over-do it – too much Zinc has been linked to feelings of nausea. Definitely something to be avoided.
Cod Liver Oil
Cod Liver oil has long been a go-to when it comes to keeping fit and healthy.
A study from Columbia University revealed that when children were given cod liver oil supplements, they visited the doctor 36-58% fewer times than those not taking supplements.
However, just as with anything else, cod liver oil needs to be taken in moderation as too much could result in you being more susceptible to bone fractures.
Ah good old vitamin C.
Known for being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C is easy enough to get from your diet (citrus fruits, pineapples and strawberries are a few good examples).
However, in winter you might find yourself sipping less orange juice and more eggnog, which means that taking supplements might not be such a bad idea.
What are your go-to supplements during the winter months?
Let us know in the comments below.