5 Supplements you should be taking in Winter
Winter is upon us and we are all prone to going through stages of feeling little worse for wear at certain times. Luckily here at CSN we have a range of quality supplements which we feel are a necessity to ensure you are staying fit and healthy throughout the winter months. In this article we have come up with our top 5 supplements which we feel are well worth taking throughout the winter months.
Vitamin D, also known as ‘the sunshine vitamin’, is an essential vitamin which is required by the body for healthy function. Some vitamin D is obtained through the diet from oily fish and eggs, however, the majority is synthesised by the body through exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D is one of the main nutrients people can become deficient in, especially during the winter months and this is mostly due to the lack of sunlight.
A lack of Vitamin D can cause symptons of muscle weakness, fatigue and sometimes even symptons of struggling to think clearly. You can find vitamin D in foods like oily fish, egg yolks and red meat, however, it is near enough impossible to get the dosage you need to benefit you purely from food.
Vitamin B has a range of many benefits on the human body including boosting your immune system. Vitamin B1 has also been shown to aid the normal function of the heart.Vitamin B6 is of particular importance as it supports protein and glycogen metabolism and along with vitamins B2, B3, B5 and B12 can help reduce tiredness and fatigue to support training intensity.
However, it is the benefits of in particular Vitamin B-12 that is what makes Vitamin B a must have supplement during the winter months. Vitamin B-12 play a role in producing brain chemicals that can positively affect mood and other brain functions. It is proven that low levels of B-12 can be linked to depression. Depression and stress increases during winter months and so Vitamin B is highly recommended to keep you feeling fresh, healthy and happy in winter. As well as this vitamin B is proven to help reduce tiredness and fatigue this is extremely important in winter months when you are more prone to feeling under the weather.
Vitamin B is available at CSN in a number of forms including CSN Supplements Vitamin B Complex.
Vitamin C is probably the most known essential supplement for the winter months. It is known to help boost the immune system, fight against the common cold as well as keeping the body's cells healthy to fight against illness when you prone to catching bugs when the cold weather kicks in. Vitamin C should be a staple in everyone's supplement stack, especially during winter months. The benefits of vitamin C are heightened once again for anyone that trains as we are aware your immune system takes a battering when training and the inclusion of high doses of vitamin C will help to ensure your body's immune system is working as it should. All your vitamin C supplementation can be found at CSN including CSN Supplements Vitamin C caps.
Omega 3 is another fundamental supplement all year but in particular in the winter. Omega 3 offers a huge amount of benefits to the human body. There are two main parts to Omega 3, EPA and DHA. EPA is anti-inflammatory and therefore helps with the support of healthy joints. DHA is good for brain function and concentration.
The list if benefits for omega 3 is long and some of its other main benefits are helps with burning fat, helps maintaining a healthy thyroid, lowers blood pressure, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and aids in brain function.
Omega 3 is one supplement which we here at CSN highly recommend supplementing all year due to its long list of health benefits. We have a range of omega 3 supplements here at CSN including CSN Supplements Omega 3
Our final supplement which we recommend taking throughout the winter months is ZMA. ZMA again has many benefits all of which hep throughout the year, however, there are certain aspects which make it even more beneficial in winter.
ZMA is a supplement comprising of Zinc, Magnesium and Vitamin B6.
Magnesium is known to contribute to healthy bones and teeth and help with the functioning of the nervous system, protein synthesis and psychological function. Magnesium is also known to help with relaxation which makes it a very good supplement to take prior to bed to help with sleep. Finally there a signs that magnesium can also potentially reduce tiredness and fatigue both of which are more noticeable in winter months.
Zinc the second compound of ZMA helps boost the immune system which is vital in winter to fight off colds and flu. Zinc also works to increase macronutrient metabolism to ensure the food you eat is being metabolised and utilised efficiently.
Vitamin B6 is the final compound of ZMA and the one which is most beneficial in winter months. Vitamin B6 contributes to a normal protein and glycogen metabolism as well as energy-yielding metabolism to ensure your energy levels are what they should be especially during the winter when its darker and colder which can often leave you feeling sluggish and tired. Finally, Vitamin B6 helps with keeping your immune system functioning which again is vital during the winter.
ZMA is available at CSN including CSN Supplements ZMA capsules