The Top Supplements You Should be Taking this Winter

The Top Supplements You Should be Taking this Winter

Top Supplements You Should be Taking this Winter-

Winter is here and we all welcome the new year with great joy. However, with the change in weather people may be prone to a cough, cold, fever, throat infection, etc. To avoid this, let’s make a resolution to be fit and healthy. With the onset of New Year, let us promise ourselves to take a properly balanced diet, exercise and include supplements for the winter season.

Why Supplements are Essential?

Taking supplements has become an integral part of our lives. We cannot entirely rely on our diet for the supply of nutrients. Every one or two persons in a family, be it a child, young or old, is seen popping a multivitamin pill. This is because of today’s hectic lifestyle, disturbed environmental balance, processed foods, nutrient-depleted soils, environmental toxins etc. These factors have compelled us to take supplements in the form of vitamins, probiotics, etc.

People include dietary supplements in the form of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes,  herbs to promote a healthier lifestyle. The most trending supplement is multivitamins. To boost your nutritional content, here is a quick list of vitamins that are essential especially in winter :

  1. Vitamin C
  2. Vitamin D
  3. Vitamin B
  4. Zinc

We will discuss the importance of each one of these supplements in the coming series. Let us now discuss Vitamin C also known as ascorbic acid with great antioxidant properties.

Vitamin C as a Supplement

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that cannot be stored in the body. Ideally, you should get all the required quantity of vitamin C from your daily diet. If the quantity is not enough, include it as a dietary supplement. An average individual aged 20 to 60 will need at least 40 mg of vitamin C. This value may be on the higher side in pregnant and lactating women. Deficiency of this vitamin may lead to scurvy, poor wound healing, joint pain, bleeding gums, anaemia, etc.  Let us try to gain more knowledge about the role of vitamin C in our body.

Importance of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a vital nutrient responsible for several bodily functions as listed below:

  1. Fighting  infections
  2. Speeding up wound healing
  3. Production of collagen and neurotransmitters
  4. Promoting better absorption of iron
  5. Lowering the risk of cataracts
  6. Helping in the treatment of cancer
  7. Deterioration of kidneys, nerves, and eyes is reduced to a great extent especially in diabetic patients
  8. Maintaining cardiovascular health
  9. Maintaining cholesterol levels

Vitamin C has great antioxidant properties. It boosts your immunity level by almost 30% by helping white blood cells to function more effectively. It strengthens the defence system of your skin, relaxes the blood vessels, in turn, reducing the blood pressure levels. It helps in significantly reducing the bad LDL which in turn lowers the risk of heart disease. It aids in better absorption of iron thus reducing the risk of anaemia. It improves your memory thereby reducing the risk of dementia. It helps in repairing tissue and reducing the damage caused by inflammation.  It aids in the prevention of oxidation of other molecules or may regenerate other antioxidants in the body, especially during the treatment of cancer. The rate at which the growth of cancerous tissue occurs is reduced to a great extent by this vitamin. Production of collagen is an important function which helps in metabolizing proteins. However make sure you consult your doctor before taking this supplement as high dosage may lead to nausea, diarrhoea, gastrointestinal upset, kidney stones etc.

Hope you have understood that to achieve optimum health, there is no alternative but to include vitamin C as your winter supplement.

Fight back to stress

Fight back to stress

It’s no secret that stress is an ever-increasing element in British adults’ lives. Balancing busy work, social and home lives is making us Brits more stressed than ever. Sometimes when you are going through a particularly stressful time in your life, you forget about your health. So, we have rounded up our top tips and natural supplements to help put your health and wellbeing first in times of stress

Have a LOL

When it comes to relieving stress, having a laugh is one of the best remedies as it triggers healthy changes in our body. Whether you’re giggling with the girls or laughing out loud at your favourite TV show, your laughter can help boost your energy, stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation. Studies suggest that laughing releases the feel-good chemicals, endorphins, which make us happier and more relaxed.

Eat smart

You may already know that a poor diet can have a negative effect on your body, but did you know that it also has an impact on your brain health? When we experience stressful situations in our lives whether it be at work or at home, it is common for many of us to skip meals or reach for sugary, comfort food. However, banishing the naughty office snack draw and focussing on a balanced diet, will ensure you keep your health in check no matter what the situation. If you’re a self-confessed sweet tooth and are finding it hard to give up the sweet snacks, try our Equigluco. It is a specialist formula designed to support blood glucose regulation. It contains chromium and green coffee extract, which helps to balance insulin levels to help keep those afternoon sugar pangs at bay.

Sweat it out

If you feel like you can’t escape from your mounting worries, it might be worth lacing up and leaving the house for a 20-minute run? Going for a run releases endorphins and is a great way to switch off and clear your mind from stress. If you’re going through a particularly stressful time, just make sure you take care with the types and duration of exercise you choose.  Intense exercise can sometimes raise your levels of stress hormones, making you more anxious, stressed and tired, so try to avoid endurance exercise or very high intensity exercise such as spinning classes. Good types of exercise to go for can include weight training, interval training with periods of rest, moderate intensity aerobic-type exercise such as short-distance jogging, and relaxing exercise such as yoga or Pilates. You can also take part in a team sport, such as netball or football, to enjoy working out while releasing endorphins as well as the social element.

Hello sunshine

A lack of sunlight can have a larger impact on your health than you may think! Little exposure to sunlight can cause deficiencies in vitamin D, which can play an important role in your mental health as the deficiency has been linked to low moods. Since the winter months are fast approaching, don’t let the lack of sunshine bring down your mood. Reach for our Once a Day Sunshine D to keep your vitamin D levels healthy when the sun isn’t shining!

B happy!

B vitamins play an important role in supporting our bodies during stressful times. They can help support your stress levels by regulating your mood and supporting your brain health. B vitamins also contain nutrients to reduce tiredness and fatigue, supporting your energy and concentration levels throughout the day. Foods that are high in B vitamins include the likes of leafy green vegetables, oily fish, bananas, fresh fruits and eggs. Some of the B vitamins are a little harder to absorb from your food, so it is advisable to include a supplement in your diet. Our Mega B Complex is a high potency formula designed to support a hectic lifestyle, providing a full spectrum of the B vitamins.

Get some Zzz’s

It’s no secret that a good night’s sleep is important for your health, as well as being a great stress reliever. With this being said, a good night’s sleep can be easier said than done and sometimes you have so much running through your mind that it can be hard to switch off in times of stress. Do what you can to go to bed early enough to get 7 or 8 hours sleep! Try to develop a wind-down routine before you hit the sheets to relax your mind, such as having a warm bath or meditating. Known as ‘nature’s tranquiliser’, magnesium is associated with calming and relaxing properties. Try taking our Synergistic Magnesium in the evening before bed to help relax your muscles, aid your sleep and help you cope better with stress!

Holiday Health

Holiday Health

Whether you prefer an activity packed holiday, or a relaxed indulgent getaway, there are many ways we can enjoy this summer period whilst still staying healthy. Therefore we’ve rounded up our top tips on staying happy and healthy, to make sure nothing ruins those summer plans.


Beat the heat

In the bustle of holiday life it can be easy to forget one of the most important things – to stay hydrated, particularly if you are in a hot country, or spending hours on a beach lying in the sun. Therefore make sure you’ve always got a bottle of water with you and aim to drink between 1.5 – 2 litres of water a day,. Another tip is to snack on hydrating foods such as cucumber, watermelon and strawberries, as these can contribute towards your water intake each day.

Skin Saviors

When you’re reclining on the beach or out exploring in the sun, be careful not to expose your skin to too much sunlight as this can not only cause the skin to age and wrinkle, but also increases the risks of more permanent skin damage. If you’re outside during the hottest hours of the day, make sure you’ve applied plenty of sun cream and found a shady spot to escape to. This will help to ensure your exposure to harmful UV rays is limited. It might also be worth taking a supplement such as our UbiquinolQ10 as this can protect your skin and body tissues against any harmful free radicals, which can contribute to the ageing process.


Balance your gut

When travelling abroad, the change in culture and environment means you’re probably exploring exciting new cuisines, it is therefore important to keep yourself equipped to make sure you don’t run into any tummy troubles. One way to do this is to take an immune boosting multi-vitamin such as our Mega 8 Biotix. These can help provide a positive balance of friendly bacteria in the gut, thus strengthening your immune and digestive health. Also remember to bring a small first aid kit wherever you go in the rare case of emergency. Better to be safe than sorry!



Getting active can be the best way to stay healthy on holiday, and is also a great way of gaining more from your summer experience.

Whether you are abroad or simply going on a ‘staycation’, why not get outside and go for a walk. This can be exploring the neighboring towns, attractions and landmarks, or even hikes through forests or mountains. There are always new places to discover! To revive your energy it is important to have a balanced diet of fruit and vegetables, dairy products such as milk and cheese, protein such as eggs and meat and low GI complex carbohydrates such as wholegrain bread and brown rice. Also don’t forget the most important meal of the day – breakfast! If you are unable to compile the perfect balance, energy can also be increased through supplements such as our Energy B+C, which can be taken once a day to give you that extra energy boost.


Rest ant Relax

While you’re away, don’t forget to sit back and enjoy the moment! Taking time to enjoy the moment is what holidays are about after all. Let all the stress of work melt away by spending quality time with your loved ones and taking time to reflect on your day. The healthiest way to spend your holiday is having a combination of all these things.

Boost your energy level to get the most out of your day!

Boost your energy level to get the most out of your day!

It’s no secret that many of us are living a hectic lifestyle, juggling family, friends and work commitments. Trying to find a work life balance, while trying to stay healthy and active can prove tricky and your energy levels can suffer. To help ease those feelings of tiredness and fatigue and give you a natural boost of energy, here are some diet and lifestyle tips that are easy to employ into your lifestyle….


It often hits the headlines, but ensuring your diet is packed full of nutritious, fresh foods is essential to give you that ‘get up and go’ feeling.

  • Spinach is an excellent source of iron, which is a key component of energy production in the body.
  • Salmon is not only a great source of omega 3, but it is also full of protein and vitamin B6, both of which help convert your food into energy.
  • Eggs are another great source as they contain a high amount of protein and essential amino acids, which help reduce fatigue.
  • Bananas are a great snack to have in-between meals or added in to your morning smoothie as a quick and easy form of energy.
  • Quinoa is a gluten-free grain that is higher in protein than rice, so try switching this up next time you cook a salad or stir-fry!

If you can introduce these foods into your weekly meals, you will be providing your body with the nutrients it requires for optimal energy. As well as adding the right foods to your diet, our Once a Day Energy B&C supplement contains nutrients that contribute to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue, giving you a natural daily boost.

A good night’s sleep

Sleep is crucial for your energy levels as it gives your body time to re-energise, re-charge and repair. For a good night’s sleep, try to stick to a regular bedtime routine as much as possible and avoid all stimulants, such as tea and coffee in the evening. Make sure your bedroom is a calming, relaxing space to help you feel ready to hit the sheets for a peaceful night’s sleep. Try to limit exposure to light in your bedroom too, as this can make it more challenging to fall asleep. So, turn your phone on silent and pop it in a drawer to avoid an interrupted sleep!

If you still struggle to get a solid night’s sleep, it could be because your body is lacking in magnesium. Magnesium is another vital nutrient for converting food to energy – it can help relax the muscles, help relieve symptoms of stress and aid sleep. Our Synergistic Magnesium Capsules taken in the evening, or before bed, will provide your body with healthy magnesium levels to assist in better sleeping patterns.

Get moving  

When you’re feeling fatigued, exercise may be the last thing you feel like doing, but believe it or not this is actually essential in keeping your energy levels up. It is recommended that you should try and fit 30 minutes of exercise in each day. Keep in mind that your workout does not always have to be a visit to the gym, especially if you’re struggling with time. Walk and talk with friends, get off the bus early or take the kids to the park after school. Playing some games with your kids will not only give you your daily dose of exercise, but it will also give you some quality bonding time. If you struggle to find that extra bit of energy to complete your daily workout, adding a Coenzyme Qu10 supplement to your diet could help. Coenzyme Qu10 plays a vital role in helping your body convert food to energy. Miranda Kerr has sworn by Qu10 supplements for many years now, crediting this, along with her health-conscious lifestyle to not having one single sick day in her entire career! Give yourself some oomph with our Ubiquinol Q10 supplement in order to help enhance your energy levels.

The importance of B vitamins

B vitamins also play an important role in converting your food into energy for your body to function at its best. Most B vitamins are found quite easily in fresh fruits and vegetables, wholegrains, meat and fish. Vitamin B12 is one of the vital nutrients our bodies need for energy, yet deficiency among us is quite common. Part of the reason may be because it is found largely in animal foods, so vegetarians and vegans, in particular, may lack this vitamin and secondly, some people do not absorb it very well from their food. To keep your levels topped up try our Vitamin B12 supplement, which can help with your energy metabolism and the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.

Ditch the sugar

Oh yes, we know it can be a tricky one, but sugar really can be the enemy! You may want to think twice about reaching for a sugary snack to give you a ‘pick me up.’ Sugar gives you an immediate boost of energy because it converts to glucose very quickly. The body then needs to remove this glucose, which causes our blood sugar levels to drop, giving us an energy dip and leaving us feeling even more fatigued than before the snack!

Try switching up your nibbles. Blueberries and raspberries are sweet and delicious, yet low in natural sugars and packed full of nutrients. If you struggle to reign in your sweet tooth there are plenty of healthier options available now, such as cakes that are made from naturally sweet vegetables and fruit and free from refined sugar. With this being said, sugar is highly addictive, so if you need a little help ditching the sweet treats, our Equigluco can help. It is a specialist formula designed to support blood glucose regulation and contains chromium and green coffee extract, which helps to balance insulin levels to help keep those afternoon sugar cravings at bay.

Get the most out of your workout

Get the most out of your workout

You’ve worked out a set routine in the gym to improve your fitness levels and burn calories each week, but are your sessions leaving you feeling fatigued and struggling with muscle and joint pain? With regular exercise, it’s important to get the right nutrients and vitamins in order to increase your energy levels and allow your body to recover and repair. To make the most of your workout, minimise fatigue and risk of injury, here are some tips to allow you to perform your best!

Pre-exercise food for fuel
Let’s start by talking about why you should be eating certain foods pre-workout. You have to ensure your body has enough fuel in order to train at your optimum level. If you don’t support your body with essential foods, the chances are you won’t be able to train at your best and therefore won’t see the best results.

Bananas are packed full of digestible carbohydrates and potassium, which aids in maintaining nerve and muscle function. Wholegrain bread and oats are also great pre-workout foods as they are full of fibre, meaning they gradually release carbohydrates keeping your energy levels consistent during a workout. If you struggle with time before those early morning gym sessions, opt for a banana smoothie with Greek yoghurt as a meal on-the- go.

Give your body an energy boost
When you’re working out 3 times a week or more, your body will naturally become more fatigued. You should always support your workouts with a nutrient-rich diet. To give you that extra boost of energy, try our Once A Day Energy B&C which is a quick release formula that provides a full spectrum of the B vitamins, plus vitamin C, which also helps to reduce fatigue and stress, helping you to feel more energised for exercise!

Post-exercise food for recovery
Thinking of rewarding yourself with sugary and fatty treats after a sweaty session in the gym? Think again! Over-indulging with the wrong foods can take away all that effort you put into a workout. What you eat after a training session can be the most important meal to get right as your body is in recovery mode, which means your body needs nutrient-rich foods.

Opt for vegetables and grilled chicken – a source of lean protein and rich in carbohydrates, while the vegetables are packed full of vitamins. Eggs are also a top choice as they are a great source of protein and also help to aid muscle growth and recovery. Carbohydrate-rich sweet potato is another great option as it helps to restore glycogen levels that become reduced after a workout.

Stretch it out
Why is stretching so important after a workout? It helps to reduce muscle fatigue and increases blood circulation. If you don’t stretch after a workout, your muscles can shorten and become tight, decreasing your flexibility which can then lead to joint pain. Try to stretch both before and after a workout to limit your chances of injury and joint pain. If you are stretching regularly, yet the pain in your joints is still getting in the way of your workouts, it would be wise to speak to a healthcare professional or try adding a supplement to your diet. Try our Super Omega 3-6- 9 which is packed full of essential fatty acids which helps to reduce inflammation, pain and stiffness around your joints and improve mobility.

Cramping up?
If you are working out most days per week, you may experience increased muscle pain, leading to cramps. Long distance runners in particular are especially prone to leg cramps, which can negatively impact on performance. Magnesium can support muscle health and helps to relax muscles, preventing cramps and relieving stress symptoms.

Magnesium is found primarily in green leafy vegetables, seeds and nuts and whole grains, so if you eat little in the way of these foods, you could benefit from a supplement. Our Synergistic Magnesium capsules are a great choice for getting your daily dose of magnesium and prevent tightness and cramps affecting your fitness regime.

Keep your bones strong
Although exercising regularly helps to maintain healthy bone mass, it can also place additional pressure on your bones. Ensure you are mixing the type of workouts you do each week to ensure your bones are stay at their healthiest. Workouts that are high-impact, such as kickboxing or HIIT classes, have a bigger impact on your bones than classes such as yoga or Pilates. Our Synergistic Calcium with Vitamin D supports bone health. Supplementing with calcium and vitamin D may also help to reduce the risk of bone fractures and the chance, or progression, of osteoporosis.