Five Vitamins to Get You Through the End of Winter

Supplements can help you survive the cold months.

Groundhog day just happened, people. So depending on whether or not you look to a large rodent for all your meteorological concerns, there are either six more weeks of winter, or there aren’t. Regardless, winter can be a difficult time for both physical and mental health.

If you are living in the Northeast and just experienced a bunch of snowfall, you are probably particularly sensitive to this situation right now.

All is not lost, however. One way to combat the mental and physical stressors of the cold winter months (pandemic notwithstanding) is with supplements. Here are five vitamin supplements to help carry you through the remainder of the cold weather season, whether that be six weeks, or six months (honestly, with global warming, we never know).

Vitamin D3- A lack of D Vitamins can be one of the leading factors in seasonal depression. During the summer we get more vitamin D naturally through sunlight, but during the winter we often need a supplement. D3 also helps with calcium absorption and bones, as well as mood elevation.

Vitamin C- It goes without saying, but you should really be taking a vitamin C supplement year-round. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and helps fight free radicals that damage the body’s cells.

Vitamin E- Vitamin E oil can be applied topically to your skin during winter months. It is another supplement that you might consider taking year round, since it works as barrier protection, a moisturizer, and an antioxidant.

Elderberry- Elderberry is an antioxidant that helps boost your immune system and fight inflammation, both of which are important things during the winter months.

Zinc- Zinc is a mineral that helps support immunity, eye health, appetite regulation, and proper taste and smell function. This is especially important during the pandemic. Zinc is also an antioxidant that helps fight free radicals.

If you have had a hard time with the cold season, consider adding these supplements to your daily intake.

Published by karenmsutton

HSS Orthopaedic surgeon in sports medicine | Mother of 4 amazing children | Team physician for USA Women's Lacrosse | ACL injury expert

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