There are a vast array of nutritional supplements and vitamins available today, they claim to help with a variety of different ailments but we are going to take a look at the ones that anybody can take to improve your overall health, give you more energy and hopefully just generally make you feel better in yourself. Some supplements are more seasonal but others can be taken all year round.
When looking at vitamins in particular it is important to take note of the strength measurement of them in order to best select the right vitamin for you, the standard unit used in vitamins to measure this is either IU or mg (milligram). Let’s say for example you are looking to buy some Vitamin D tablets, you could pick 4 different types of tablet and in all likelihood all will have a different IU. If you are taking multivitamins which contain a variety of different vitamins then you typically find that the IU will be lower in each individual one, around 200 IU, whereas if you bought some specific higher strength Vitamin D tablets they would be at around 4000 IU i.e. they are 20 times stronger. This is where it is important to know what you need and they make sure you are getting it when purchasing.
As we’ve just mentioned above, Vitamin D is an essential vitamin particularly in the winter months in the UK when the intensity of the sun is so low that most people end up being deficient, therefore it’s important to make sure that you are getting enough of it as it can have a big impact on your mood and make you feel lethargic, low on energy and in a worse mood. Seasonally Affected Disorder (otherwise known as SAD syndrome) is commonly found in northern European countries in the winter months.
We all know how important gut health is, having a healthy gut means you digest food effectively, you have regular bowel movements, you don’t feel bloated or lethargic and it just generally makes you feel better in yourself. Probiotics are slightly controversial in that some people don’t believe they are as effective as they are made out to be but after considerable testing from many different brands there are now plenty of studies to show those that effectively get the healthy bacteria to your gut and the ones that just end up with all the bacteria being killed in your stomach on the way there, so that you don’t end up with any benefit from them.
Zinc tablets rose to prominence during the COVID-19 pandemic due to their effectiveness alongside vitamin D at improving your immune system, they are great for ensuring your immune system is in tip top condition and help stop illnesses at the door before they have a chance to get in to your body and cause sickness. They are said to reduce the duration of cold symptoms as well as helping to manage your blood sugar levels.