Keep healthy this winter with Healthilife Vitamin C and Healthilife Chewable Calcium with Vitamin D!
Vitamin C is a well-known vitamin, which was first discovered by English sailors who treated scurvy by eating fresh limes. It is also famously used throughout the winter season to aid a wide variety of health complaints.
So how can taking a daily dose of Vitamin C aid me this wintertime?
Firstly it would be good to define exactly what Vitamin C is. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which means that it helps to fight disease in the body by quenching free radicals (oxygen fragments which occur due to pollution, smoking, poor diet etc.)
In particular Vitamin C aids the respiratory tract most commonly helping coughs, colds and flu.
Taking Vitamin C at the first sign of a cold or the flu may keep the illness from fully developing, and you'll probably recover faster. In a 1995 review of studies investigating the effect of Vitamin C on colds, researchers concluded that doses of 1,000mg a day at the onset of symptoms reduced a cold's duration by 21%, and shortened its duration by one day on average.
As well as boosting the immune system, the antioxidant properties of this vitamin also aid the skin. During the cold and wet weather skin often becomes exposed to the elements leaving it feeling dry and tight.
This is where Vitamin C can aid again, as it helps to repair skin damage and also protect the skin against free radicals which cause wrinkling. It also helps to promote collagen synthesis, which improves overall firmness and skin elasticity.
Another action of Vitamin C is in wound healing and reducing bruising.
As well as aiding winter ailments Vitamin C can also benefit the body by improving blood health and cholesterol levels, aid in wound healing, keep the gums strong and healthy, relieve allergies and maintain healthy eyesight.
Keep colds at bay, by taking two Healthilife Chewable Vitamin C 500mg tablets daily, this wintertime. Children over 7 years should only take one tablet daily.
Another vitamin which is suitable for the winter season is Vitamin D. Though this is not strictly a vitamin, since it can be manufactured by the body through sunlight, it does need to be obtained through the diet in the winter months when there is little sunshine.
Vitamin D is required for the intestinal uptake of calcium, which helps the mineralisation of bones and teeth and reduces the risk of developing osteoporosis. It is also involved in maintaining happy hormones, such as serotonin and has been linked to the condition Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD occurs during the winter period and is believed to be caused by a lack of sunlight and shorter days. Women are most commonly affected and the symptoms are depression, anxiety, irritability, food bingeing and insomnia.
Several studies have shown that taking Vitamin D during the winter period can aid SAD sufferers by improving their mood.
Stay happy during winter by taking Healthilife Calcium and Vitamin D chewable tablets, one daily.
These tablets contain 100% RDA of both Calcium and Vitamin D, are apple flavoured. Calcium and Vitamin D are particularly useful for children, as they are required for the growth of the skeleton and help to prevent rickets. Therefore children over 7 years, should take one of these tablets daily too.