Do you need to take supplements to stay well over winter? Having worked as a health journalist for many years, interviewing doctors, nutritionists and wellness professionals, the jury is still out. If you eat a really healthful diet you should be getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay well. But there are certain vitamins, oil and ingredients I will be using because they help me get through winter well and I am not a lover of the cold or damp at all.
Love Jane x
Matcha: Matcha is finely ground powder of green tea. It’s rich in anti-oxidants – which are great in regulating your blood pressure, protecting you from heart disease. And it contains caffeine so it also boosts your metabolism. I add a teaspoon to my morning cup of tea and it definitely improves my energy levels on dark mornings.
Bloom Supercharge Matcha £16.99 Holland & Barrett
Vitamin D: Helps to regulate calcium in the body and keeps skin, teeth and bones healthy. A lack of Vitamin D can lead to bone loss – so in middle age it’s very important to keep levels topped up to avoid osteoporosis. Our primary source of Vitamin D is the from the sun, so in winter a supplement is ideal.
Omega 3 (DHA and EPA) : These are the essential fats (DHA) you get from eating fish like salmon, mackerel, herring or wild salmon- our body, heart and brain needs them to function. Oprah’s Dr Oz says we should be taking at least 600 mg daily, in fact he thinks this is the one crucial supplement we should all be taking. You can also get omega 3’s (EPA) from walnuts, flax seeds and chia seeds. You do need both DHA and EPA so it’s a good insurance policy to take a supplement daily.
Viridian Omega 3, www.victoriahealth.com £16.95