It is important to prepare our bodies for the colder days ahead of us. During winter, our diet changes. This means that our vitamin intake can drop drastically, which is not what we need during the flu season. So let’s have a look at winter supplements part 2 to find out what will keep our immune system strong through winter.
Throughout history, fish and fish oils have played a huge role during the winter months. The omega-3 fatty acids that come from fish have also played an important role in survival from hundreds of years ago as they provided a source of food, while the oils helped to improve bodily functions such as better blood flow.
The cold, dark, shorter days that come with winter can cause a lot of people to experience SAD (seasonal affective disorder) or ‘winter blues’. The main reason for this seasonal depression is due to the limited amount of daylight and warmth during the winter days – this is why it is so important to ensure you have a sufficient omega-3 intake, as it has been proven to benefit and support mental health – on top of this, the vitamin D found in omega-3 can help fight the issue of limited daylight.
Fish oils can be found in a wide variety of fish and seafood such as; sardines, tuna, salmon, oysters, and shrimp. You can also find it in fish liver oil supplements such as cod liver oil.
We have listed our best-selling fish oils below for you to browse, alternatively, click here to browse our entire range of fish oils.
Solgar Omega-3-6-9 60 Softgels
Blend of three premium oils – Fish, Flax, and Borage. Specially formulated ratio of Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids.
Nordic Naturals Complete Omega 3-6-9 With Vitamin D 237ml
Complete Omega is a unique blend of fish oil and borage oil that combines omega-3 (EPA+DHA), omega-6 (GLA), and omega-9 (oleic acid) fatty acids.
B complex vitamins- also known as the ‘anti-stress vitamins’ are a group of water-soluble vitamins that include vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6, (pyridoxine), vitamin B7 (biotin), vitamin B9 (folate), and finally, vitamin B12 (cobalamin) – all of this b complex vitamins have different functions, but they all aid in cell metabolism.
B vitamins have a number of benefits during the winter months, they can improve your mood, regulate energy levels, increase your nervous system health, protect your body from sickness, boost cell renewal and they can also help those who are suffering from seasonal depression which can occur when the darker days change our melatonin and serotonin levels.
In addition to improving mood and energy levels, vitamin B7 (biotin) helps to support hair, skin and nail health – which is also very important during the colder months when you might notice dry skin and brittle hair.
You can browse our B vitamins by clicking here. We have also listed our favourite vitamin B supplements below!
Natures Aid Vitamin B Complex 90 Tabs
Natures Aid Vitamin B Complex provides an excellent source of B vitamins to support normal energy yielding metabolism and the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
Solgar Vitamin B Complex “100” 100 Capsules
Solgar Vitamin B-complex “100” is an extra high potency Vitamin B-complex. Vitamin B-complex helps your body to properly digest proteins, carbohydrates, and fats and convert them into energy.
Taking a magnesium supplement can greatly benefit those who suffer from SAD or winter blues as it can help to stabilise our melatonin and serotonin levels, therefore, helping to regulate our mood.
Magnesium is also a great mineral for detoxing your body and flushing the toxins out of your cells, it does this by stimulating cellular activity, which will then release the toxins into your bloodstream where they can be eliminated. This detoxing can be done with magnesium supplements or even with an Epsom salt bath.
As magnesium is such a great way to reduce stress, reduce inflammation and promote a healthier night’s sleep, taking an Epsom bath before bed during the winter – along with a magnesium supplement – will send you right off to the land of nod while also detoxifying your body.
Below we have listed some great magnesium supplements we carry at DSI:
Mag365 magnesium powder is a proprietary process that provides a source of highly absorbable, effective, fast-acting water-soluble magnesium in ionic form
Natures Aid Magnesium Citrate 750mg 60 Caps
Natures Aid Magnesium and Vitamin B6 both contribute to normal muscle function and the normal functioning of the nervous system.