While we’re in the throes of winter, there are plenty of us who are wanting to take preventative measures to maintain optimal health during our vigil for spring’s arrival. Besides eating a healthy and well-balanced diet, we also need to make sure to get plenty of rest and stay nice and warm throughout the winter months. In addition to these methods, taking supplements can be a way of adding to your overall health. Of course, you should always consult your doctor before starting a regimen of supplements, as supplements aren’t intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Once you’ve spoken with a medical professional and get the all-clear, here are 5 supplements that can keep you feeling your best this winter!
1. Vitamin D3
Vitamin D1 is an essential supplement to have in the wintertime as its main source – sunlight – is rather scarce. This vitamin is helpful in contributing to bone strength, absorbing calcium, and uplifting your mood. Sometimes there is some confusion regarding the “3” which is simply an indication that the supplement is from a natural source, rather than its synthetic counterpart, known as Vitamin D2.
We recommend taking the NATURELO Vitamin D3 supplement daily to make sure you are getting the full benefits of this wintertime vitamin.
Also known as Sambucus Nigra, elderberry is sometimes just referred to as sambucus. It’s a berry that typically grows in the warmer parts of North America and Europe. Hippocrates, the Greek “father of medicine,” is rumored to have referred to elderberry as his “medicine chest” because of its many functions. In fact, according to the United States Department of Agriculture2, the antioxidant capacity of black elderberries is superior to that of strawberries, cranberries, and blueberries!
3. Vitamin C
This vitamin is almost synonymous with the winter season3, as the powerful antioxidant helps to protect against free radical damage, chemicals, and pollutants, which may harm our body’s cells. Vitamin C is quite easy to get through diet – citrus fruits, berries, kiwis, pineapples, and strawberries are all great sources of Vitamin C. If these nutrient-rich foods aren’t part of your diet, we recommend that you take the NATURELO Vitamin C supplement daily.
4. Vitamin E
If you find yourself experiencing dry, flaky skin during the winter months, Vitamin E oil4 could be a great supplemental addition to your routine. While it is not the typical supplement, the oil provides a very impressive dose of Vitamin E that you apply topically – like a body lotion. It often comes mixed with other oils, such as almond, apricot, avocado, sunflower, etc, all of which have their own benefits to promote healthy skin. Besides being a great moisturizer, Vitamin E oil also works as an antioxidant to protect skin from free radical damage.
Another way to get the benefits of Vitamin E is by taking it orally. We recommend adding the NATURELO Vitamin E supplement made from whole foods to your diet.
This mineral, which has a plethora of important benefits, often gets overlooked. Zinc helps to support healthy immune function and eye health5, as well as regulation of your appetite, taste, and smell. Zinc is also responsible for the production of superoxide dismutase, known as SOD, which has a vital role in protecting our bodies from free radical damage5. Men might also greatly benefit from Zinc, as this mineral helps to support healthy prostate tissue, sperm mobility, and testosterone production.
4. Effects of oral vitamin E on treatment of atopic dermatitis: A randomized controlled trial, 2015 Nov; 20(11): 1053–1057