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6 Vitamins and Minerals Your Body Needs During Winter

Winter can be the most wonderful or the most dreadful time of the year depending on your body immunity. The change of season with decreasing hours of sunlight and exposure to harsh drying winds can take a toll on your health and put you at high risk of developing diseases like cold, scratchy throat, and flu.

But did you know that you can boost your immunity and truly enjoy winter by increasing consumption of certain vitamins and minerals?

Remember To Consume These Vitamins & Minerals During Winters

  1. Vitamin C

One of the most important vitamins for the winter, vitamin C, boosts the body’s immunity and prevents the common cold and flu.

It is also a recommended vitamin if your skin becomes dry and scratchy during this period of the year. Vitamin C also helps in healing wounds quickly and detoxifying the body. It can be easily obtained from fruits like oranges and all kinds of berries.

  1. Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps in the absorption of other types of nutrients in the body. If your body is deficient in this vitamin, there is a chance that it may become deficient in calcium as well because the body won’t be able to absorb it.

The best source of vitamin D is sunlight which is scarce in winters. Nevertheless, make sure that you spend enough time in the sun or take some vitamin D supplements.

Also, read about: Vitamin-D Rich Foods in India.

  1. Iron

Maintaining your energy levels during the winter can be difficult. Many of us just want to stay snuggled up in the bed as the temperature dips. This is when iron comes to your rescue to boost your energy level. Additionally, it also helps you fight against winter viruses.

You can get the required dose of iron from green leafy vegetables, poultry, and red meats.

  1. Vitamin B Complex

Vitamins B1 to B12 are collectively known as the B complex group, and they are particularly advantageous during winter time when our skin becomes dry and flaky, and lips get chapped. Vitamin B complex helps in keeping the skin moisturized and prevents cracking of lips and ankles.

With an adequate amount of B complex in your diet, you will be sure to enjoy smooth skin throughout the cold weather.

Must read: Importance of Vitamins & Supplements.

  1. Zinc

Balanced digestion during winters can become quite a challenge for people with weak digestive systems. However, zinc is one miracle mineral which acts as an antioxidant while also boosting the body’s immunity and improving digestion.

Zinc maintains your stamina and can be obtained in seafood and nuts.

  1. Omega-3

Though not technically a vitamin, the Omega-3 fats do deserve a special mention. These are recommended for people who have arthritis or joint pains during winters.

Omega-3 fatty acid can be found in seafood, flaxseed, and nuts and will help you in strengthening bones during winters

For a detailed explanation of what vitamins are, where to get them, and what their deficiency could cause to your body, check out the handy infographic provided by MedAlertHelp.

 

About the Author

Nikola - Credihealth

Nikola Djordjevic, MD, Community Manager and Head of Content at MedAlertHelp.org. Coming from Serbia, Nikola is a doctor of medicine who started this project in 2018 out of his passion for helping others, particularly seniors. Apart from reviewing medical alert systems, he also writes a blog dedicated to health, aging, retirement, and other senior-related topics.